A Guide to Palm Reading

Kay Packard, the founder of the American Academy of Hand Analysis, in Three Rivers, California, explains the fortune-teller party trick.

Photo by Samantha Hahn

First things first. Pick a hand—but not just any hand. For insight into your work life and how you present yourself to the world, focus on your dominant hand. To examine personal relationships, dreams, and emotional struggles, look at the other hand. Having trouble making out the lines? Cup your hand slightly under a bright lamp. Keep in mind: According to hand analysts, a less prominent line reflects an area of life that may need work, while a deeper one signals that the characteristic related to that line is strong and fully developed. For even more hints, see this guide to finger reading.

The Head Line

If you have a…

Short line (ending near the center of your palm, as shown here): You’re a fast thinker who reaches conclusions without any hemming and hawing.
Long, straight line (extending across the palm, toward the pinkie): Analyze much? You often find yourself mulling things over (and over) before coming to a decision.
Line that splits in two: Sensitive to others, you can easily see someone else’s perspective. This means you may change your opinion now and then.
Long, curved line (running down toward the bottom corner of the palm): You’re a creative thinker who can imagine many possible outcomes or approaches to any situation.