This simple approach covers the most important sections quickly.
Take not of the obvious - does the hand look delicate or strong? Withered or young? This obvious factor will have great impact on how the owner can use the hand, and thus tell you much about how a person lives.
Look at the fingers.
Look at the Life line.
This determines length and quality of life.
Look at the Head line.
This determines how well one understands life. Breaks can indicate suprise, confusion, or trauma, depending on how corrupted the line becomes.
Look at the thumb.
The tip section governs creativity, the base section governs analytical ability.
Look at the Heart line, the mount, and finger of Jupiter.
These show how one relates to others.
Look at the Fate line, the mount, and finger of Saturn.
This shows how one relates to one's work.
Look at the Self line, the mount, and finger of Sol.
This shows how one relates to his or her self.
Look at the Health line, the mount, and finger of Mercury.
This shows how one's world relates to him or her.
Look at the Plain of Mars (for men) or the rascettes (for women).
The Plain of Mars (the width of the grasping area on the palm) determines how well one can "handle" life, as the area literally determines one's ability to grasp basic tools and weapons. The rascettes indicate luxury and recreation. The lowest relates to the first third of life, the one nearest the plam relates to the last third of life.
- Look at the shape of the hands.
Look at its length.
The Life and Head lines begin above the Plain of Mars and move downwards across the palm, but the planetary lines begin near the wrist and move toward the fingers. The beginning of the line relates to events at the beginning of life, and the end of the line relates to events occurring in old age.
Look at its depth.
The deeper a line, the more powerful its influence.
Look at its texture.
A heavily crossed or wrinkled line indicates trouble in the function of those powers represented by the line. A clear line indicates little resistance.
Look at its location.
Note how the line crosses other lines, mounts, or fingers. The effects described by examinations 1 -3 will relate to the sections crossed or omitted.
The Fingers and Thumb:
The first section relates to swift changes and thought. The second relates to more stable patterns such as emotions, and the third or base section relates to the body and material concerns.
Look at which segment is longest.
This segment will show the dominant force in how one interacts with the world.
Look at which segment is widest.
This segment will show what area gives the greatest problem for the area described by that finger.
Notice whether or not the finger "leans" toward another finger, or away.
This will show if one's areas of life work together or are separated.