MARKS ON THE HAND
A transverse line marking on the hand is an evil sign that nullifies the positive qualities of any mount it is found upon. Though a person may have the markings of a heroic mount, these qualities can be reduced if it has a score of transverse lines. If transverse lines are found across the Mount of Mercury, it indicates that the bearer will use his/her talents of diplomacy and tact for deceit and guile for ill gains.
Vertical markings are a benefic sign. If found on the mounts, they heighten its positive qualities and assist in annulling any poor signs also located on the mount. They are the opposites of the aforementioned transverse markings. Vertical markings upon the Mount of Mercury will bring a great deal of tact and loquaciousness to serve for pleasant communication and friendship. It will emphasize science and business skills. Two vertical lines on the Mount of Mercury are often the symbol of a Doctor or Biologist.
The grille is a point at which the energies of the hand dissipate or escape out. If grilles are found throughout the entirety of the hand, the power of its bearer is constantly drained by vexations and imagined slights. If a grille appears on the mount, it saps or thwarts the qualities of the mount, e.g. such a Grille on the Mount of Apollo will forever put off the attainment of any true success in life.
Crosses always denote troubles, disappointment, danger, and when found on lines, the harm to the bearer may be aggravated as the Holy Cross of Jesus Christ. Occasionally it can refer to a dramatic change in one’s life due to a crisis or hardship. They should always be considered an ill omen save for two cases:
when found on the Mount of the Jupiter and when located between the Head and Heart lines, known as the “Croix Mystique”. The bearer of such a symbol is purported to possess a greater degree of mysticism, occultism, and superstition.If located high up, near the Mount of Jupiter, the bearer will exhibit belief in mysticism only for their own gain. Those with crosses further from the Mount of Jupiter will care more for the principles and methods by which the mystical experience was expressed rather than its immediate application to themselves.
The star is a symbol of good and sudden brilliance in a person’s life. A line that ends in a star signifies the greatest accomplishments possible; however, the star often carries with it an unpleasant price. For example if the Line of Apollo ends in a star, it denotes great fame, but this often results in the bearer suffering the loss of their private sphere to their successful public sphere. A star on the mounts will naturally denote great proficiency with the mount’s corresponding traits, yet these traits may consume some of the other bearer’s qualities. The star is certainly a sign to be viewed with great caution.
The Island is always a negative sign. It is often a sign of some hereditary evil, such as a heart condition or intemperance with spirits, but it may just as easily represent no congenital emotional stress. The island is a gradual and prolonged, and oft times subtle period of strife in an individual’s life. It could represent mounting stress on the line of the head, and manifest itself as headaches. On the Line of Fate, It could be a period in which the individual finds himself surrounded with mounting debts that peak at the widest point of the island. These misfortunes will last to the extent that the island is long.
The square is almost always a benefic symbol. It denotes an especial significance when covering an area that is experiencing turmoil, such as chained, broken, or dotted lines. In this instance, difficulties will arise but the bearer will persevere and the crisis will be averted or thwarted. Damage may be reduced to a minimal one or prevented all together. A square after perturbations in a line signifies repair. The one instance in which the square denotes negative influences is when it is found on the upper portion of the Mount of Venus near the life line, where it denotes detention or incarceration.
The circle is a very rare marking in palmistry. It is an evil mark unless it be on a mount, in which case it usually Augments the powers and promise of a mount. If it touches any line, it brings inescapable misfortune to the line it touches. The native would go round and round in a circle without being able to break through and get free out of life’s hassles.
The triangle is a positive sign, though strong significance should be ascribed to it only when it stands as an independent mark, not composed of intersecting lines. It denotes mental flourish and success corresponding to the location of the mark, i.e., if it were to be found upon the Mount of Apollo, it would denote an artistic success. If found alongside a line, it will naturally take on significance dependent upon the line. The triangle will never reach the great heights of success, but it possesses balance and will not carry with it the backlash that so often accompanies the star.
The spot is a sign of a distinct event or malady, though it often comes in groups that denote a chronic disorder. If found on a line, it typically signifies a temporary illness corresponding to the line, e.g., a spot on the Line of Head indicates some violence to the head or brain fever.
The trident is a most propitious marking wherever it may lay. If it rises from a line, it will expound the qualities of that line and draw additional power from the mounts or lines that branch on either side head towards. If found on a mount, the trident carries with it great flourish of the properties of that mount in conjunction with its neighboring mounts. The trident is such a powerful symbol that it eclipses the star in beneficence.
A tasseled line can oft be found at the end of the lifeline; as the individual weakens and deteriorates with age, so too does the line. Such is the case with the Line of Head, where it denotes a weakening of mental clarity and approaching senility or old age ; the Line of Heart with a deteriorating heart condition or emotional trauma that has left the individual very feeble and unstable.
Lines that droop from any larger line indicate a disappointment in life. Along the Line of Heart, it denotes disappointment in love or an unfortunate event in which the individual became too emotionally involved. Along the Line of Head, it may signify the obstruction of one’s ideals or disillusionment
Rising offshoots are the inverse of the drooping offshoots. They represent periods of sudden inspiration, fruition, and happiness. It will draw upon the qualities of the mount that it is directed to. For example, an offshoot springing from the Line of Head and nearing the Mount of Mercury is a sign of scientific prowess perhaps an invention, or a discovery, or a synthesis of concepts that have long been drifting through the individual’s mind, but had hitherto been dissociated.
Sister lines support the line along which they follow. Some sister lines are quite common, such as the Line of Mars, which accompanies and strengthens the constitution denoted by the Line of Life; The Line of Apollo is a sister line for the Line of Fate, as it serves a similar function and accentuates the fulfillment one feels in the course of their career. Sister lines protect and heal lines that are broken, crooked, frayed, or side by side. Lest a line exist with several negative markings, sister lines will be the guiding hand that shall shield the bearer from the brunt of life’s assaults.
THE MOUNTS OF THE HAND
Mounts have a special significance in the study of palm because different lines are formed and developed due to mounts. Mounts have been named after the planets and the special features of the planets are revealed in the corresponding mounts. It has been found that the planet which is more prominent in the horoscope is also prominent in the palm. The different types of mounts are:
THE MOUNT OF SUN OR APOLLO
The Mount of Sun is situated at the base of the finger of Apollo and on the upper part of the heart line. This Mount is indicative of the success of the individual. With the prominence of this Mount, the man becomes a genius and famous. A person reaches a very high status in life if the mount is well developed and pink in color. Such persons are of cheerful nature and work in close cooperation with friends. Such persons are successful as Artists, Expert Musicians, and Painters. They are an inborn genius. They are honest in their dealings and are completely materialistic. Very well developed Mount indicates self-confident, gentleman, kind and grandeur.
If the Mount is not prominent then the person would be interested in beauty. But he would not be able to succeed in this field.
If the Mount is developed more than necessary then such a person would be very proud and a flatterer. He would be having friends from the lower sections. They are extravagant and quarrelsome and never succeed in life.
If the Mount is absent, then the person leads a very ordinary life. He would be a dull minded and foolish fellow.
THE MOUNT OF MOON
The mount of Moon is formed on the palm on the left of the lifeline and below the bracelet, also below the area of Neptune where it joins the life line. The presence of the Mount of Moon on a palm makes a man imaginative, a lover of beauty and very emotional. Persons with fully developed Mount of Moon are lovers of nature and beauty. They remain in the dream world. There is no lack of imagination in their lives. Such persons are high class Artists, Musicians and Men of Letters. They are full of religious ideas. If the Mount is fairly developed then the person is imaginative and makes castles in the air. He makes many plans but none of them are completed, some not even started. They are too emotional. Persons not having the Mount of Moon are hardhearted and fully materialistic. They have fighting as their main trait.
If zigzag lines are found on this Mount then the person shall go on voyages several times in life.
If a circle is found on the Mount, then such a person shall go to foreign countries for political reasons.
If this Mount is more than developed, then that person is found to be fickle minded, suspicious or mad. He suffers fromheadache all the time.
THE MOUNT OF JUPITER
This is situated at the base of the index finger and above the Mount of Mars. It represents god power, leadership, organization and authority. The Mount of Jupiter is said to be very helpful in life and moves the person towards progress.
If the Mount of Jupiter is well developed and prominent, then such a person is said to possess godly qualities. Such persons try to save their self-respect. They are learned and are always prepared to help others. They don’t get disturbed under difficult conditions. All the Justices of High courts and high authorities are found to have well developed Mount of Jupiter. They have the quality to change the public in their favor and are also mostly religious minded.
If the Mount is less prominent or underdeveloped then there is a general deficiency of the above qualities of the person. Physically such persons are of the ordinary body, healthy and have smiling faces. They are experts in delivering lectures. They are kind at heart. They are more inclined towards the attainment of respect and good reputation rather than wealth. They have a soft corner for the opposite sex.
If the Mount is developed more than necessary then such a person is found to be selfish, proud and self-willed.
If the Mount is absent in a person, then there is want of self-respect in him. They get very little patronage from their parents. They are found in the company of lower class people always.
THE MOUNT OF MARS
There are two Mars on the palm. They are known as Progressive Mars and Regressive Mars. The Surrounded portion beneath the starting point of the Lifeline and above the Mount of Venus is called the Mount of Mars.
Basically, this Mount is indicative of war. A man becomes courageous, fearless and frank by the presence of the Mount of Mars. Persons with prominent Mount of Mars are courageous, fearless and powerful. They are neither coward nor can be subdued. They have firmness and a balance in life.
If the Mount turns out to be very prominent then the person would be a villain, tyrant and a criminal. He would be the first in all antisocial activities.
If the Mount of Mars is quite developed and the palm is reddish in color then the person shall reach greater heights in life. He gets complete success in life.
If a cross sign is found on the Mount of Mars then the person shall meet his death in war or while fighting with others. If a zigzag line is found then the person is likely to die in an accident. A person can be considered as a coward if the Mount of Mars is absent in his palm.
THE MOUNT OF VENUS
The spot beneath the second phalange of the thumb and surrounded by the age line is called the Mount of Venus. Only persons with prominent Mount of Venus can only recognize the world properly and enjoy it. Persons having this Mount of very high order are beautiful and civilized. They are very healthy and are able of influence others. They do not lack courage.
If the Mount is less prominent in a person’s hand then he would be a coward and weak natured. Persons with very prominent Mount of Venus are licentious and always covet for the opposite sex. Such a person would be brilliant and handsome. Others are attracted to them. They suffer from diseases of the throat. They do not have any faith in God.
If the Mount is absent in one’s hand then he lives the life of an ascetic and has no interest in family life. The person’s life would be full of troubles and miseries.
THE MOUNT OF MERCURY
The prominent part on the base of the finger of Mercury is called the Mount of Mercury. This Mount shows materialistic prosperity and affluence. But much importance is not attached to this Mount of late. Persons with greatly developed Mount are clever and crafty and are adept in cheating. If the Mount is ordinarily developed and has a square mark on it then such a person would be a criminal of a higher order. Such persons believe in breaking the law. Persons with prominent Mount are experts in Psychology and know how to influence others.
They gain success in business.
If the Mount is very much protruded then such persons are after money and the main aim of their lives is to a mass wealth.
If the Mount is absent in the palm of a person then the person passes his life in poverty. If the Mount is ordinarily prominent then he would be interested in inventions and scientific works.
THE MOUNT OF SATURN
This Mount has its base at the root of the finger of Saturn. The development of this Mount on the palm is indicative of extraordinary tendencies.
If the Mount is fully developed then the person is highly fortunate and rises very high in life with his own efforts. But such a person likes to remain aloof and constantly moves towards his goal. He gets totally engrossed in his work, that he neglects his family. By nature they are irritating and suspicious. Persons with prominent Mount of Saturn are Wizards, Engineers, Scientists, Literary men or Chemists.
If this Mount is very much developed, then the person commits suicide in his life. This Mount is prominent in the hands of dacoits, cheats and robbers. The mount in such cases are yellowish or pale.
If there are more than necessary lines on the Mount then such a person is a coward and very licentious.
If the Mount is missing in the palm, then such a person’s life has no importance. But he might get a special kind of success or respect in life. If the Mount is protruded ordinarily then the person has more than necessary faith in fate and shall succeed in his plans. Such persons have very few friends.
This planet is more powerful and exerts more influence in comparison with the other planets. It has its area of influence on the palm between the Heart and the Head lines. Its area is a little below the little finger and the Mount of Mercury. This planet influences the heart and the brain. A man having this Mount below the Mount of Mercury and between the heart and the head lines becomes a worldfamous Scientist or Mathermatician. They become successful dealing with atoms, televisions and other intricate items.
If this Mount is less prominent then such a person takes interest in the works connected with machines. He becomes famous throughout the world if a line comes form Harshal and goes towards the fingers of Apollo.
THE MOUNT OF NEPTUNE
The area of this planet on the palm is below the head line and above the Mount of Moon. A man becomes an eminent Musician, Poet or Writer if this Mount is very prominent. If a line is seen on this Mount and this line meets the fate line a little ahead, the person gets some post of great importance.
If this Mount is developed more than enough then such a person’s life would be full of grief and his family life would be spoilt. They are maniacs, suspicious and cruel.
THE MOUNT OF PLUTO
Its area on the palm is below the heart line and above then head line and is situated between the Mounts of Harshal and Jupiter. This Mount can be clearly seen on the hand of every person.
Its influence can be seen only in the old age. If this Mount is very prominent, then the person passes his old age happily. If a cross sign is found on this Mount, the person will die before th age of 45 in an accident.
If the Mount is too prominent then the person would be rude, illiterate and prodigal and has to face many difficulties in life. He would not get any cooperation from his family and friends.
If the Mount is not prominent then the person would be unlucky. His nature turns irritable and troublesome.
THE MOUNT OF DRAGON’S HEAD
Its area is situated below the headline, surrounded by the Mounts of Moon , Mars and Venus. The fate line passes over this Mount while going towards the Mount of Saturn.
If the Mount is prominent and protruded then the person would be very fortunate. If the fate line is deep and clear while passing over the prominent Mount of Pluto then he would be a genius, religious minded and shall enjoy all wordly comforts. If the Mount is prominent and the fate line is broken then the person shall get wealthy suddenly and also fall down suddenly in life.
If the Mount is less protruded then the person would be a restless character and will lose all his wealth.
THE MOUNT OF DRAGON’S TAIL
The place of this Mount is a little above the bracelets, dividing the Mounts of Venus and Moon and is near the starting point of the fate line. This planet shows its influence from the 5th year to the 20th year of age. If the Mount is ordinarily prominent and protruded and the fate line is deep and clear, the person would be fortunate and shall enjoy all pleasures in his lifetime. If the Mount is unusually protruded and the fate line is weak then he has to experience hardships in his young age. The financial position of his family also gets worse day by day. A man can advance in life only when the Mount of Dragon’s Tail is prominent and the fate line is clear and prominent.
Types of Hand
There are seven types of hands, which may be distinguished by the shapes and general appearance of the fingers and thumbs, but for simplicity’s sake these seven be reduced to four-in practice. The seven types are classed according to the forms of the fingers, and are as follows:-
The Artistic or Conic
The four important types are the first three and the last, and actually the first three are those which include the most important varieties. Practically all types are included in these as regards the tips of the fingers; the distinctions must be noted, of course; the more or less rounded, pointed, or square tips, which are modified or accentuated by the forms of all the fingers.
Therefore we may accept as a fact, that all hands are Square, Spatulate, Rounded, or Pointed, and the other types enumerated (so far as the fingertips are concerned) in the two last-mentioned also. This may read “a little complicated,” but it is perfectly simple.
The Square; the flattened or Splay-shape; and the (more or less) rounded include all, in fact, for practical purposes; and perhaps this further reduction to three shapes of tips may simplify matters. Having reached this conclusion you will proceed to note the shapes of the fingers-and thumbs of course: though the Thumb is truly a study in itself, and will be so treated at length.
The Spatulate Hand
These Spatulate Fingertips indicate activity and energy self-reliance; constancy; a seeker after plenty and a desire/to benefit one’s-self and make one’s-self useful. At time these splay-tips are annoying, as they must be doing something, and are inclined to worry-the owners. A lady with such fingers and thumb will be always `tidying-up,’ dusting, or spring-cleaning or anxious to have things put to rights.” Usefulness, materialism; no art, no taste for literature there.
These are the obvious indications of the spatulate tips. Now look at the Fingers below the nails.
Are they smooth or “knotted”? Are the joints not evident or are they developed? The strikes one at first glance. Take the former appearance, the smooth variety.
The smoothness of the fingers indicate a slight inclination towards art and ease; but though, people thus gifted may appreciate art, they will not make much of the inclination. They may appreciate it, but will not succeed in practice. But they will have some taste for the beautiful, the elegant, in their houses, and comforts, and will not mind working with their hands either. They are active also and resolute in action; and if the fingers be long as well as smooth, the owners are fond of details of a useful type, a reality will intrude and gardening and agricultural pursuits find favour. The brain and the mind are active as well as the body and sports will be followed-riding, shooting, cricket, and so on, while music will find them votaries as executants-not as singers.
If the fingers be short, details are ignored, and only the “mass” is accepted; quantity not quality is the characteristic and the impressions are quick. Spatulate fingers denote a man or a woman, fitted to build up a colony, because they are not afraid of work, has little sentiment, and is fond of tilling, sowing, ploughing, and all real actions. Being self-reliant they do not mind camping out alone, and are generally able to “rough it,” as their appetites and passions are not greatly in evidence, and luxury is dispensed with.
If the Spatulate lingers be knotted-that is, develop at the joints-there is great order indicated. An accurate and very practical mind, no sentiment, and something even a want of consideration and roughness are apparent; but such fingers carry things in masses. Action, resistance, perseverance, aggressiveness are the outcome of these fingers and they push their owners to the front.
In excess this type is irritating, selfish, and tactless. These are some of the indications which the spatulate type presents us with but they may be modified or even increased by the size of thumb and the texture of the hand. A large thumb will give more of the qualities than the small thumb, while the hard hand also accentuates the character desirous to rule around intolerant of restraint. In these we find the Revolutionist, the fighting man, and the daring, Spatulate must do something.
The softer type will be more indolent, and fond of vicarious movement, if we may use the phrase. He likes the appearance of movement, but is too lazy (if his thumb be small) to make much effort himself. So he will ride or drive or travel in luxury if possible, and read in his easy chair the adventures of others. If his thumb is large and his hand soft the will of the thumb may, be sheer force of character, drive the man to action or most likely cause him to put others upon the work and see it done.
Thus the student will perceive that the Spatulate Fingers, their action, work, agitation, and combativeness are regulated, in a measure, by the whole hand-its texture, the size of the thumb and the developments of the joints, the length and smoothness of the fingers themselves. Just remember that smoothness is not “practical,” but knots are. The former gives intuition or inspiration, an artistic taste; the latter are practical, orderly, reflective, reasonable, and even scientific. These traits govern the hand in proportion as they exist, and must be considered to that extent.
The Square Type
It’s owner has many of the qualities of the Spatulate-such as perseverance and love of ruling, and yet is able and willing to obey.
The fingers of this hand need not be square at the tips. They will be found planed at the sides; the fingers of which are truly four-sided, somewhat smooth with the lower knuckles and the knot of Philosophy (q.v.) developed. The nails are rather short (here is argument, self-defence, always ready), the thumb is obstinate, but with a tactful “waist” on it.
These fingers, I am of the belief, indicate obedience to authority and to polite requests, to orders from those entitled to give them, but they will resent interference from interlopers. They will not make a disturbance, however, because they detest a fuss, but will grumble while they accede. They are punctual and cannot bear unpunctuality; their love for outward neatness and politeness and social observance is marked and general. They like others to be polite, civil and respectful as they are and dislike brusque manners. They sometimes judge people by appearances and manner, unfavourably for unpunctuality, coarseness of speech, and impolite or rough behaviour. Appearances are with such fingers, or their possessors, nearly everything and as they do not always act up to this rule themselves, through some imaginative or artistic vein in the character they are sometimes thought hypocritical and are, in fact, inconsistent, if the fingers be smooth.
But the truly square-fingered man with knotted fingers is tidy, orderly, truthful, and obedient to authority even if he dislikes the ruler. He obeys the law-not the man. This is generally the case with all square-fingered types, whose possessors are peculiarly sensitive to recognized authority, law, and order and will rather walk a mile than cross a forbidden field as a trespasser. One may be induced to cross, but he would rather not be seen doing so by a stranger.
Order is the first law with the Square-tipped, but the amount of order varies. The smooth-fingered type will know where his books, papers, shirts, collars, handkerchiefs, etc. are and will find the particular article he requires in the dark; but often the drawer, or the table is littered and mixed up to all appearance, in the individual’s own apartment. But in his reception rooms, in all outward appearance, he is neat and tidy.
So he dresses neatly, and looks well dressed even in old clothes, because he is tidy and careful with them. He may and does wear jewellery but is not ostentatious in its display. His taste in dress is quiet and “gentlemanly,” deferential to the old and to ladies, respectful in manner, courteous and will have things “just so.” A muddy dress, splashed boots, an untidy glove, dirty cloak or gown he longs to have cleaned or mended, and will pick threads from a skirt in his desire for tidiness. The individual cannot help doing it and at times, with all his observance of etiquette and his desire that others should observe it, he will involve people in risky situations when his personal feelings are concerned-not from selfishness or rancor, or any wish to compromise the other, but he is simply carried away by impulse which he will repair by the most diplomatic cunning if suspected. Nevertheless he would condemn himself later, and condemn another who had acted in the same way and who had been discovered.
There is, therefore, in the smooth-square type of finger, with a palm showing a sloping head-line, some finesse and double-facedness. Yet, curiously enough, such people cannot willingly acknowledge this soft impeachment.
The real large, square hand is the best and most useful if it be knotted, and not inclined to any artistic type. This hand makes its owner regular and punctual at meals, orderly, neat, tidy, polite, and respectful to authority, truthful and just; not romantic.
The Artistic Type
This is identical with the Conic form of finger. It is familiar to all of us in the hands of artists and singers-the great pianist has not conic fingers as a rule. The conic or the pointed fingers are not useful, and the extremely pointed indicate uselessness-an unpractical person.
The medium Artistic form is good. The hand is supple and soft; the palm, a moderate size; the thumb rather small. In such a hand, if the bases of the fingers be not too heavy, we have a type of the true artist hand. Its owner is impulsive, imaginative, a lover of the beautiful, rather self-indulgent, and inclined to enjoy himself in consequence of his smooth, conic, rather thick fingers. But, as a rule, this type is easily influenced by the surroundings and will pass from grave to gay or even to melancholy at a bound. He cares not for control, and he has no desire to control. Impulse, cheerfulness, carelessness, enjoyment, and love of ease characterize these conic hands with a peculiar obstinacy and absence of real love, for he likes novelty and his nature is not warm long.
As these characteristics become more or les accentuated, they affect the individual. The larger thumb, the larger palm, the smoother fingers, thicker at the bases, show less order, and more love of material pleasures. The small second phalange of the thumb gives tact or finesse with its weaker reason, the larger top joint more will, the full ball of the thumb stronger passions. So we have in these points all the data for enjoyment of a sensual description. The pleasures of the senses-not necessarily evil pleasures-are the delight of the artistic hand, their affections are impulsive, strong and fickle. Finesse, cynicism, falsehood, shrewdness, cunning, with gross sensuality are the bad signs of the soft, thick, large, artistic hand. They seek beauty to enjoy it not for any moral or mental reason, but merely to gratify a taste. They are often effeminate in the face, and eccentric; egotists; fly-a-way ”natures, disdaining the domestic hearth, open-handed to their intimates, close-fisted to creditors, with peculiarly warm imaginings, and a love of posing” in the world. Venus and the Moon rule their palms.
If these hands are knotted, the indications are more favourable. There is less eccentricity and more reason, still a love of the beautiful, but a more refined attachment, but the art will be less inspired and less successful in its originality but the love of form and beauty will be there, and if of good size, thick and short, a strong desire for wealth will be indicated.
There is another kind of pointed fingers, the useless and unpractical. This, in some works, is called the Psychic Hand, and is the seeker of the highest beauty, purity, and goodness, in the world not of it, the best and most lovely form of the artistic instincts. But, though they are not practical hands, such as the square or the spatulate, not fighting for fighting’s sake, the true faith, devotion, and desires to win the good, will make them determined and terrible opponents. These soft, small, tapering-fingered hands may be seen in the warriors of Eastern nations, fanatics dying for the faith that is in them, for what they truly believe is the right; obedient, self-sacrificing and aesthetic.
But for real worldly work? No, They are unable to devote themselves to hard labour, they make things,” they delight in beauty, are not sensual; imaginative, the long, pointed fingers searching, as it were, the Universe for the ideal the mind has imagined. The vague, the dreamy, the unpractical, the non-material, the unorderly,” the poetic, religious: the imprudent at times, the ecstatic. (See the Philosophic and Psychic sections also).
Pointed Fingers, including the Conic, may be associated with other features and in such cases the form of the fingers, their thickness and texture, must be weighed. An artistic (hard) hand may indicate a soldier-an officer whose characteristics has made him highly esteemed and liked, yet in the field he is well-fitted to command by reason of his large thumb and hard palm. As a rule the artistic hand does not indicate habits of command at all, even of self-command. Knots when present accentuate reason and order in the pointed fingers.