The four fingers of a hand including the Thumb in Palmistry are described below -
Index Finger: Also known as the finger of Jupiter, Index finger depicts the power of self. A healthy well balanced index finger reaching till the bottom of the nail of the middle finger represents balanced ego. Increase in length from then onwards depicts lust for power edging in domination. If the index finger is equal to the middle finger then the person is said to have high ambition power. However, a short index finger shows timidity. If the finger leans towards thumb it shows quest for independence. If it leans towards middle finger, then morbid disposition is present.
Middle Finger: Middle finger is the finger of Saturn. It conveys the sense of discipline and responsibility in a person. It is usually the longest finger in the hand. If the finger leans towards the index finger, a tendency for superstition is indicated. Similarly, if it leans towards ring finger, then the gloomy aspect in the nature of the person is lessened out considerably with the effect of Sun. If the longest finger is in balance with the rest of the fingers then a balanced nature is said to be achieved. If the finger is too long, then the effects and gloominess is enhanced. In case middle finger is too short, the person is downright frivolous.
Ring Finger: The ring finger is also known as the finger of Apollo. It denotes the person’s love for aesthetics, arts, romantic disposition and emotional flairs. If the length of the ring finger reaches the bottom of the nail of the middle finger than the person is endowed with balanced emotions. In case the Apollo finger reaches longer than that, it depicts a spontaneous disposition and lack of caution. If the finger is short enough, and is unable to reach the nail bottom of middle finger, it shows that the subject has difficulty in expressing himself or herself.
Little Finger: The little finger depicts a person’s communication capabilities and business acumen. It is the shortest finger of all. Ideally it reaches the bottom of first phalange of ring finger. In case the little finger is longer, it shows very sharp business skills or sense of communication. If the little finger is shorter than required, then the person has trouble in grasping, talking or writing. The agility in thinking or action is also considerably low. If the little finger bents towards the Apollo finger, that means there is a combination of commercial activities with arts.
Thumb: Being considered as the root of the whole hand, thumb represents the center of will-power. Thumb also indicates the life energy, both physical and mental.
Fingers have four essential traits which are to be read together i.e. length of fingers, phalanges of the fingers, knots of the fingers and shape of the fingers.
Knots of Fingers
Upper knot in a finger (just below the nail) depicts idealism or philosophy. Hands with prominent upper knots deal more in ideas and abstracts. A lower knot depicts material drive. The person with dominant lower knots has material inclinations or dominant view of practical side of life. Ideally, equal development of both knots is desired.
Shape of Fingers
The different shape of fingers indicate different personality traits and these are mentioned below -
A quick look at the fingers requires observation of knots and finger shapes. The combination of these two factors should be taken into account while judging people’s characteristics. For example, a square finger with smooth upper joint will depict the inclination of person for practical reasoning and love for arts. A conic shaped finger with prominent lower joint will show an emotional person with practical disposition. The length of finger and the base where it is established in the palm is also indicative of the powers carried by that finger. A finger with its base established quite low in the palm considerably loses its influence.
In palmistry, fingers hold special significance in the study of human behaviour as well as capabilities.