Palm reading, a.k.a. palmistry or chiromancy involves examining the lines, marks, and features of your hands to reveal a little something about what’s going on in your life. “We’re looking at the hand to discover different pieces of your personality and pieces of your life path,” says Helene Saucedo, hand analyst and author of the upcoming Handful of Stars Palmistry Guidebook and Hand-Printing Kit. "It’s a self-reflection.”
The divination practice centres around four main lines: the heart line, the fate line, the head line, and the life line. When it comes to analysing your love life, it's all about the heart line. Saucedo says this line represents your emotional self, or your emotional style. To find yours, look for the line at the top of the palm on your dominant hand.
Typically, Saucedo looks to see whether this line is straight, arched, or extends between fingers. The depth of the line is also worth looking at. Those with deep heart lines are more stable and grounded, whereas shallow lines nod to a sensitive personality.
Let's break it all down:
If your palm love line is straight
If your heart line goes straight across your hand, you are more stoic and guarded in your relationships. “It’s a very, ‘my way or the highway,’ type of person,” Saucedo says. The boundaries are defined sharply here, as you want to keep your relationship on a road you’re comfortable with.
If your palm love line is arched
A bit of an arch in your heart line represents balance. Saucedo says this would be someone who puts themselves first and protects their heart, but remains open. You bring a level of emotional intelligence throughout your relationships, so you’re able to realise when you need to take care of yourself, and when you should let a potential partner in closer.
If your palm love line extends between your fingers
A heart line that comes all the way to the top between your fingers signifies someone who is very nurturing. “This person is very open and giving, sometimes to her own detriment,” Saucedo says. Sorry to break it to you, but you might find yourself being taken advantage of in your relationships, while you give and give to those you care about.
The heart line also reveals insights about your boundaries. At the end at the edge of the hand, you might find what looks like spikes or barbed wire right under the pinky. Congrats: You have strong, well-defined boundaries. “If you have a very open heart line and strong boundaries, you know who to let in and who to give your love to,” Saucedo says. If these lines are weaker or more shallow, let’s say strong boundaries aren’t your forte.
Now, you might also be wondering if your palm lines ever change. “It’s rare for the heart line to change between the two hands, but I do see it sometimes,” Saucedo says. Over time, someone might start to develop stronger boundaries, signified by a shift in the heart line that no longer reaches the finger.
If your Mount of Venus is tall
Lovers, that’s not all. Hand analysts often look toward a couple other features that can shed light on how you approach your relationships. You know that joint area inside of your thumb that feels like a big squish? That’s considered the Mount of Venus, which reveals aspects of your sensuality and how you show love to others. If your Mount of Venus stands taller than the rest of your hand, says Saucedo, you’re someone who likes a lot of pleasure.
If you have an affection line
Underneath your pinky finger on the outside of your hand, you might find one or two small lines. Those are your affection lines, often called the marriage line.
If you have an affection line or two, you have a strong relationship that will span your whole life. Think: one marriage. On the other hand, many little shallow lines hint that you’re not having the most impactful relationships. This is obvious, but if you notice a break or split on one of the lines, it means you might face a messy breakup at some point.
More than a party trick, palmistry can act as a reality check and excuse for a dose of self-reflection. After all, understanding who you are in relationships helps strengthen your next or current partnership. Next time you’re on a hot date, bust out your newfound knowledge. You might learn a thing or two about the person in front of you. At the very least? The Mount of Venus will be a great conversation starter.
This article originally appeared on Women's Health US.