Palm readers can interpret someone's character or predict their likely future from examining their hands. The origins of palmistry, also known as chiromancy, go back thousands of years. It was practised in India, Egypt and China in ancient times. Before the 19th century, palm-reading was the only form of hand analysis that existed.
These days the reader looks at the shape of the hand, the fingers (length, width, joints and the nails), and the mounts (the fleshy parts of the hand) as well as the lines and marks on the palms. In the Middle Ages it was believed that certain markings on the palm denoted a witch.
The left hand differs from the right hand in that the left hand is supposed to show the personality traits you were born with; the right hand shows the development and fulfilment of those qualities. This is reversed for left-handed people - the dominant hand relates to your conscious self and is linked to the left brain (seat of logic and rational thought) and the other hand reflects your subconscious and is linked to the right brain (seat of creativity and imagination).
Both hands must be considered in a reading. The reader considers:
Palmists can give information about the person's character, life, interests, relationships, travels and career. The information on the hands changes during the course of a person's life, so it is not fixed.
Palm reading is a skill associated with Gypsies or Romanies.