I was in a hospital listening to a nurse describe how she had been given money to buy all that was needed to set up a new unit. Immediately I wanted to see her palms. I suspected that she would have what we call in Spanish a mana abierta, or open hand.
I was right.
I will call her Lily
I got Lily to sit down and take a break from her busy schedule. At once I noticed that she when she extended her palm to me for a reading, all her fingers curved almost straight up like petals of a tulip. When you extend your palm and the fingers curve up like this, it means you have the kind of hands that support the universe. Kind of like holding up the world.
Schoolteachers have hands like this. Psychologists. Artists. Social workers.
Anyone who works with their hands, holding others up.
Lily also used to be a second and third grade teacher.
Lily also has the feature of having many small lines, an indication of a hard worker.
Many employers use handwriting analysis in making decisions about applicants. The employer in this case had made a good decision to entrust Lily with such responsibility. I don’t know if the hospital read her palms to help make this decision. My guess is not.
But if they had, they would have also found that Lily was very grounded and practical. This could be seen in her mostly rounded fingertips. Only the tip of her little finger was pointed, which indicates intelligence in commercial matters.
Lily’s wrist was also very thin, another sign of high intelligence. Lily thought her wrists were thin just because she was skinny. I smiled at her naiveté when she said this.
Examining Lily’s palms again, I noticed a criss-cross of lines across the mounds of Mars and Venus. These are the two mounds at the base of the thumb up through slightly above where the thumb connects to the hand. Boxes or little rectangles formed of lines across these raised areas can indicate conflict between male and female in outer relations or conflict between masculine and feminine in oneself. I asked Lily—who is pretty assertive although she looks like a demure pretty blond—if she had trouble being herself in the world. Did people judged her by her looks and expected her to be passive, when she was actually very strong? She looked taken aback, and said yes.
I took it all in stride. A palm reader’s quiet pride.
Batya Weinbaum reads palms through the Enchanting Cottage in Carpinteria.