ASTROLOGICAL EXPLANATION OF PALMISTRY
By Lubomir Dimitrov MSc,
Professional Astrologer, Australia
In the first part of this article we learned how to measure the length of the palm and the fingers in proportion to each other. We learned that after you complete your measurements you will have two results: the hand in question can be either square or oblong and its fingers can be either short or long. This gives us four possible combinations, which relate to the four elements used in astrology - earth, air, fire and water. The general interpretations are:
- A square palm with short fingers is an Earth hand and it relates to practicality and down to earth attitude.
- A square palm with long fingers is an Air hand and it denotes intellectual person with a strong mind.
- An oblong palm with short fingers is a Fire hand and it indicates a person with a lot of enthusiasm and energy.
- An oblong palm with long fingers is a Water hand and signifies a very emotional, intuitive and sensitive person.
Now, once you have determined the most prominent element that determines the basic shape of your hand, you can make the relevant key interpretations.
The Earth hand (Square palm with short fingers) - The motto of people with this type of hand is "I produce". The astrological signs that belong to the earth element are Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. The key words for this element are stability and practicality . People possessing such hands are the Doers, as opposed to the Thinkers (air), Actors (fire) or Dreamers (water). This type of hand is typical for those who are often found in the ranks of unskilled or unqualified labour, but this also is the hand that shapes things and produces material objects with a great degree of dexterity. Which of these cases will apply to the subject depends greatly on the other factors that make up his or her personality. In either case, the earth hand type people may be good at producing material things and objects, but are not really good at designing or inventing the shape or the purpose of the objects themselves.
Their strength lies in the manual dexterity, in the patience with which they handle the material and also in their liking for rhythmic work, which sometimes may require also a great physical energy and stamina. Often builders, constructors or technical workers possess earth type hands. On all levels, the Earth hands inevitably connect closely to the basic physical sides of life, such as strong sexual drive; liking for good food and wine; plain, but practical comfort of the everyday life. These people enjoy the simple pleasures in life always in a direct way. The earth type may be a builder in the literal sense or figuratively speaking. If not building a house, he or she may be building a career, a fortune, a relationship - no matter what the structure, the methods do not vary. It is a steady, careful process, with slow but stable achievement, whatever its final goal.
In forming partnerships the earth type feels best with another earth type, who is going to be responsive to his/her strong sexual drive and willing to share to an equal degree the simple pleasures of life. The second best combination is the water type person. Similar to the actual elements in real life, the water can penetrate the earth and fit in the gaps, blending in this way nicely with the facets of its temperament. The solid and possessive Earth does not blend well with the freedom-loving Air and Fire categories, so unless the earth type takes this into consideration and accounts for it, eventually the arising conflicts lead to a total incompatibility.
The Air hand (Square palm with long fingers) - The motto of people with this type of hand is "I think" . The astrological signs that belong to the air element are Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. The key word for this element is intellectuality . Some theories assert that the Air type is in fact an evolved Earth type, because its qualities are often an alteration or refinement of the Earth-type qualities. And indeed, the liking of progression and order, typical for the Air type is very similar to the liking of building and rhythm, typical for the Earth type. However, in many other respects the Air and Earth are miles away. For example, the constant intellectualizing of the Air sign is awfully foreign to the Earth. The Earth sign cannot comprehend how even simple pleasures, such as one's sexual drive or liking for good food and wine can also be an object for constant intellectualizing and mental analysis. However, what the Earth type cannot understand is that without applying the power of thought to every aspect of our lives and without constantly coming up to new ideas and concepts, not even one single object would have been produced in this world. For before producing anything material, we first have to "produce" and "refine" its mental prototype and only after that - its material counterpart.
The air type is not characterized with patience. It thinks, and thinks rapidly and aims to solve any world problem through the mental power that it possesses. Thus, fools will suffer gladly in the presence of a highly intellectual air sign. These people are very agile, with an emphasized striving for freedom. Similarly to the physical element of air, which realm of existence is high above the surface of the earth, where the other elements usually cannot reach it, the air type people fly high in their mental aspirations and pursuits and want to feel free from the restricting force of gravity that keeps all the other elements down to the Earth. Air type people are famous for solving a problem by literally walking away from it. The problem as such will remain, but not for the Air type person. Having escaped to freedom by walking away, he or she dismisses it as non-existent. Air type people can also be far too quick-moving and rapid in their ways, and never settle down to anything properly. They must be aware that if they do not develop a more in-depth attitude to one or two spheres of interest, they may spend a lifetime of tracing paths through life that do not really lead anywhere at the end.
Air type people are very much attracted to ideas and communication, therefore a strong intellectual rapport is a prerequisite for a rewarding sexual rapport. Without it, the whole notion of romance collapses. Thus, these people do well with representatives of their own element. They also can adapt well to the Fire type people, since the fiery enthusiasm inspires the Air type people, who, in turn, allow Fire the freedom it may not always realise is its nourishment. In this way, similar to the real life, Fire needs the Air and Air embraces the Fire. Air suffocates from the restrictive (although loving) embracement of the Earth and finds the Water too emotionally clinging and draining, so at the end usually the free spirit nature of the Air takes the upper hand and leaves.
The Fire hand (Oblong palm with short fingers) - The motto of people with this type of hand is "I act" . The astrological signs that belong to the fire element are Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. The key words for this element are enthusiasm and action . Fire type people are the Doers of this world. Their enthusiasm is contagious. The last thing that these people will have on their mind is to solve a problem by getting away from it, as their Air counterparts would do. They will keep fighting and fighting with the problem, believing that if they apply enough force and enthusiasm, the problem will be eventually knocked down.
This is a completely different approach from the Air type, who will contemplate a "mental" solution to the problem and when it finds it, it will strike only once, but at the right time, at the right place and with the right force in such a way that this one single kick will be enough to solve the problem at once. Such an approach is very foreign to the Fire, indeed.
Both elements share some common characteristics, like speed for example. However, the type of speed exhibited by the Fire is passionate and emotional, while that of the Air is cool, logical and rational. The enthusiasm of the Fire can be cooled down with time, if the passion is no longer present, while the speed of the Air does not depend on emotions, because feelings and emotions are not prominent for this element. The fire hand is said to be a hand of courage. Fire type people are brave in all senses of the word - about ideas, ideals, defence of themselves and the ones they love or all of the above. This hand has an appetite for all forms of excitement and certainly craves for constant action.
Unfortunately, similar to the actual fire in real life, these people can either roar in terrible blazes or can be absolutely extinguished (it all depends on the passion they have about it). Because of the fluctuating pulse of their enthusiasm, Fire-type individuals are frequently judged to be unreliable by other element types. Also, similar to real life fire, which gains energy from what it consumes, the Fire-type people tend to be outer-inspired. They are self-starters in the emotional sense, but the original impulse is always a response to an outside stimulus. There is a link between the fire type persons and the creativity. Above all, there is a tremendous energy in this hand, so it does not come as a surprise that these people are among the most successful of this world.
On a relationship level, two fire type people can make a good couple, provided that other factors contribute to such a satisfactory union. Otherwise they can burn everything down to the ground. The relationship with an Air type is beneficial, since the two elements can nourish each other without a clash of force being involved. Such a conflict, however, is very likely with the Earth element, while with the Water the encounters can be tumultuous, but not necessarily enduring, since the passionate water undercurrents tend to become too destructive for the relationship.
The Water hand (Oblong palm with long fingers) - The motto of people with this type of hand is "I feel". The astrological signs that belong to this element are Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces. The key words for this element are sensitivity and intuition . This type of hand is also called the sensitive type of hand, for it reveals an emotional nature with deep-lying undercurrents. Similarly, to observing a flat surface of the sea, while many hidden swirls and whirls are actually taking place at the deep waters, the people with this type of hand can appear calm and passive, but in reality nothing can be further away from the truth. Water-type individuals are ruled primarily by their emotions and feelings and in this respect they are a good example of people where the heart rules the head.
This principle is exactly the reverse of the principle of operation of the Air signs, where exactly the opposite holds true. Exactly because feelings and emotions play such an important part in their lives, Water type people are extremely sensitive to the emotional problems of others and can sometimes become victims of just any sob story. Giving unlimited sympathy and emotional support suits the Water types very well, also because it substitutes to a certain degree any positive action. Water prefers to leave the positive action to the Fire, since it abhors direct or violent deeds.
The Water hand person can be largely an escapist, who is lead through life by lofty ideals and high inspirations. However, it is not easy for him or for her to translate those visions into practical solutions. For this reason the Water is frequently being criticized by the other elements. Idealists as they may be, but their purpose of existence on the earth plane is exactly this - to tap to the higher sources of inspiration and to translate their visions as best as they can into a common everyday language, which must be simple enough for the other elements to understand. This is necessary, because not even one single major achievement of the humanity (such as equality among all people regardless of their sex, race or nationality, slave abolishment and so on) hasn't been achieved and implemented in practical terms, without being an ideal first!
By large the Water subject is moody and possibly tearful. The tears may be shed in solitary silence, because of liking for secrecy. Communication with the words of the everyday language doesn't come easy for the Water type people; they rather communicate their ideas through poetry, drawings, carvings or especially through music. Water hands are better at composing, rather than singing (while Earth types are better at performing the singing itself). While Fire-type people require inspiration in the outside world, the Water-type individuals seek outside shape. Similarly to the water in the physical world, which do not possess a shape of its own, but it takes the shape of the vessel in which it is poured, so the Water-type individuals seek an outer shape, which will give them some form of existence. If this outer form is shattered for any reason, they will seek a replacement, for they cannot sustain themselves on their own without the outer-given framework.
Water blends best with Earth, since the stability and practicality of the Earth seem to provide a good framework for the runny water. The tempestuous union of the Water and the Fire does not seem to be a very happy one. Although they are both very passionate elements, their passion usually go in different directions and as in real life the actual water extinguishes the fire, so in the element relationships the Water undercurrents seem to put out the fiery enthusiasm. The Water types are not very much attracted to the ever intellectualizing Air types, while Air perceives the Water as too emotional and difficult, so besides some occasional sexual sparks, these unions usually do not last for too long. Two sensitive hands can go together well if practicality is indicated somewhere else in the personality. If not, too many tearful, hurt feelings may dissolve any trust that ever existed between the two individuals. Unfortunately, if social bonds have already been tied, two unhappy sensitive-hand types may find it very difficult to actually put an end to the partnership, and so they may go on together, in sorrow, each secretly dreaming of release.
Now that the four basic elements and their general characteristics have been outlined, you may have recognized yourself, or someone close to you in one of these four groups. However, please bear in mind that only partial identification may be possible, for people are very complex beings and cannot fit plainly and squarely in any one single category. Also some of you may recognize your palms exhibiting the features of one main element, while at the same time your Sun sign falls into the group of another element. This is happening because in your astrology chart there may be many other planets (such as Mercury, Venus, Mars etc.) that are placed in some other signs, which belong to other elements and thus they may overrule the influence of the Sun. To learn more about yourself or the people close to you, please come and see me for a consultation or order your natal chart (this can be done now online too on my website). Alternatively, you can sign in for my astrology course and learn how to do this yourself.
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