By A S Fernando
All renowned palmists in their great
works have set apart a chapter on the Shape and Size
of Hand. Because they have considered that the shape
of the hand in reading the character and fortune of
a subject is as important as the lines and mounts on
However, most astrologers have discussed various
types of hands in general but have not presented a
study specific to the hand of the female.
Human tendencies, feelings, emotions, desires and
aspirations among many other things are common to
both male and female. They share the same set of
values as well as biological needs with males.
However, there can be manners, mannerisms and reflex
actions peculiar to women.
Nature has created woman for a feminine role with
skills and instincts essential for playing that
role. Custom and tradition which have won general
acceptance in society also expect the female to
confine her activity to the sphere ascribed to her.
Women are not expected to do hard manual labour.
Nature has designed various parts of the anatomy of
a female to suit the biological, reproductive and
other `feminine’ functions she is expected to
perform. For example, look at the hand of a female.
A woman’s hand unlike a man’s is soft, supple and
well formed. One would not come across a woman’s
hand characterised by stiff, heavy fingers, a clumsy
thumb and a hard palm.
Elementary hand and the Murderer’s Hand are hardly
seen among women.
A great French palmist has said that out of a 100
women in France, 40 belong to the conical type,
thirty to the Square type and the other 30 to the
spatulate type. What this great palmist says holds
good for women in other countries as well.
Palmists divide women into two broader categories:
those with large thumbs and those with small thumbs.
Women with large thumbs are more intelligent than
sensitive. Serious things in life like books on
important subjects attract them. Women with small
thumbs are more sensitive than intelligent. Glamour,
splendor and beauty captivate them.
Accounting for the absence of the Elementary Hand
among women, a great French palmist says that the
cares of maternity being extremely complex and
difficult, women require an instinct of a higher
plane than that is revealed by the Elementary Hand.
He says that a woman with a Spatulate Hand and a
small thumb possesses a great fund of affectionate
freedom, an imperious desire of action and a
thorough understanding life.
Women with Square fingers possess a lot of common
sense. They have soft, supple hands with faintly
marked knots. They are very witty.
Women with soft and supple hands with conical
fingers and small thumbs love all that is brilliant.
They are indolent, fanciful and sensual.
A woman with a delicate smooth hand and pointed
fingers whose palm is narrow and elastic has tastes
ruled by the heart and soul rather than the by the
mind and senses. Owners of such hands are calm and
radiant and are endowed with grace and inspiration.
The somewhat large thumb of a woman indicates that
she is cautious in affairs of the heart and she
holds sensations under control of a well balanced
will. Women with a small thumb are seductive and
very fickle. They are inclined towards excessive
coquetry. They are overwhelmed by unreasonable
jealousy and unreliable nerves.
Short thumbed women cannot keep secrets. They are
not reliable. They are always very inquisitive.
Large thumbed women are somewhat slow in taking
stock of a give situation. Yet they are shrewd and
calculating. For them marriage is a matter of
business. They are great believers in common sense.
They are domineering and they speak in a loud tone.
They are trustworthy.