Project Snowflakewas officially kicked off Jan. 31, 2010. I’m 8 years into the research, printing selected children’s hands to observe changes, life lessons and how each one grows into his or her life purpose.
Before the project began, Beth’s hands were printed for the first time in early 2004 when she was 7. She is now 22.
These side-by-side prints below show a noticeable change in Beth’s prints sincelast year. Vertical lines are developing under the pinkie finger on the mound of Mercury inside the blue circle.
In traditional palmistry this formation of vertical lines is called the Medical Stigmata. Famous palmists found this marking on people in the healing arts such as doctors, nurses and veterinarians.
In Richard Unger’s system, which I teach, this configuration is called the Gifted Healer. It indicates someone having exceptional ability to listen and hear what’s truly going on inside another individual from a psychological perspective. The key is for the owner of the marking to trust the insights they are receiving instead of doubting or dismissing their inner knowing.
I’ve seen this marking on photographers, speakers, accountants and many others who are not in a professional healing practice. These owners display an innate ability to hold powerful space for acceptance of what is causing inner upset and conflict.
To learn more about the Gifted Healer and other healer markers that can appear in the hands clickHERE.
The shape of the Mercury Line reveals the nature of a person’s capacity and style for perceiving. Straight Mercury Lines belong to people who are curious and have keen insights. Curving Mercury Lines, as in Figure 1 below, belong to individuals who are in constant contact, consciously or unconsciously, with the celestial, attuned to messages from the Divine. Because this line bows around the Moon mound, you’ll find someone with a natural capacity for diving into crisis of meaning and somehow finding words to make sense of it. On their advanced path, they understand the meaning of life and construct careers as transformational coaches, life purpose consultants, spiritual advisors, life strategists, counselors and ministers.
The owner of a Mercury Line that arcs around the Moon is curious about and considers elements related to dreams, spirituality, the subliminal, unmet emotional needs, and the reality of beliefs. People with Mercury Lines resembling the Figure included in this article have most likely found themselves asking themselves, “What’s the point of living?” and/or “Why are we here?” during times of alienation, stagnation and feeling trapped in the illusion of separation from the self. While the potential of constant contact with the Divine is very high, equally and opposite is the possibility of not trusting what’s ‘coming in’ and remaining focused entirely on logic instead.
If you have this deeply curving Mercury Line, you most likely understand the feeling of disillusionment and disappointment with life. A sense of despair has led you to ask, “Why?” which is a crucial step toward listening inward for answers. As you stop struggling with the sense of desolation, let go of reason, and accept that you just don’t know why, you find that you surrender to higher intelligence, which then begins to operate through you. You can then allow and trust this special internal mechanism within you that is constantly attuned for deep inner awareness.
After teaching about of this type of Mercury Line in my certification program, one student with this configuration confirmed the description saying,
“I worked 14 years in a job where I had little to zero contact with other people. I worked on secret projects and could never talk about my work. I got sick a lot with migraine headaches, felt alone and numbed out. I finally quit that job because I realized life should not be just making money and paying bills. My heart was longing for freedom, freedom for creative expression. I craved deep, meaningful connections with people instead of just working on computers and projects in isolation.”
She has since developed her skills by becoming a Reiki Master /Healer, ThetaHealing® Practitioner, an influential speaker, and intuitive Scientific Hand Analyst and is now working as an inspirational counselor, interpreting the messages marked in the hands to the owners so that they can know why they are here and how to live with meaning in their lives.
After contemplating the interpretation of the Line of Intuition on her hand, another certified hand analyst told me:
“Yes, I do relate to the natural capacity for understanding the meaning in the life crisis -in my own and in other’s, and I have a near compulsion to explain it to a person who’s in the middle of a crisis. I can make sense of things (from an interior perspective), and when a person is asking for my input and is ready to receive it, I can help them make sense of their experiences. Explaining to someone who isn’t ready to hear it leaves me feeling unseen and misunderstood, and is probably boring or annoying for them. I find that my audience is not always interested, especially not at work so it is a challenge to moderate my natural intuitive communications to fit into the analytical workplace style. I’ve really developed a good practice and the experience to know and trust what’s coming in most of the time, and I can vouch for the experience of constant contact, anytime I put my attention on it, its there. But being immersed in the logic of my technology company workplace is like that unsettled, off balance feeling when you don’t trust your own gut. In the office there are lots of interruptions and I’m surrounded by people all the time. It’s a hectic place and instead of listening to and trusting my intuition, I’m usually just reacting to my environment. With the primary focus on logic for the job it’s hard to go deep and open up to listen and receive.”
Medical Intuitive Caroline Myss exemplifies what this marking is about as a translator of meaning through her lectures about the invisible energy system running through our bodies called the chakras. In her book Anatomy of the Spirit she interprets the symbols of the soul in easy to understand lessons. She has become very well known through helping people learn the language of the human energy system so that they can better understand themselves as a way through spiritual challenges. Her life revolves around deciphering meaning in everything around her. In her case she intuits illness as it relates to energetic power leaks within a person. Does she have this line on either of her hands, or both? I don’t know but I’d like to find out.
Intuition is a skill anyone can develop, and would benefit by doing so. If you don’t have this line in your hand it doesn’t mean that you’re not intuitive or cannot be intuitive. By having this Line of Clairvoyance there is a higher probability, on the path to mastery, that the challenges will be quite evident. What I mean by this is that reliance on logic and ignoring the hunches you’re getting will block development. I think of this simply as a road sign indicator letting you know you’re off track and ‘correction’ is needed. Will you trust what you are sensing from within?
Internal oppositions are normal. When they are recognized and brought together you’ll have the perfect ingredients for fuller expression of this gift of highly attuned perception.
Mantra: As I follow and trust myself through my own crisis of meaning I am able to skillfully support others through exploration of the deeper parts of themselves.
Five additional variables to look for in the hands when doing a vocational analysis are:
1. The Finger Zones are essential features because the size, length, width and girth give a striking clue as to additional emphasis regarding the owner’s ideal niche. Typically, one of the 12 finger zones, or sections, is most eye-catching. The most noticeable finger section directs me to inquire with the owner about his or her skill or desire in the related area. Below are high-level descriptions related to each of the finger zones.
As you know, desires are not always pursued for a variety of reasons. And skills are not always developed. However, the most-visible zone must be considered if the owner wishes to find fulfillment.
2. Thumbs are one of the most important considerations when determining if working for others or the self would be favorable. As an example, Oprah’s thumbs span widely from her palm. This large area between her hand and the tip of her thumb shows desire for a wide range of influence. The wider the angle between hand and thumb tip, the bigger the territory the owner must have to manage. Likewise, the closer the thumb rests to the hand, the less responsibilities he or she wishes to administer. He or she would do better, and most likely prefer, to be employed for someone else, leaving work at the same time each day.
3. The length and quality of the Fate Line (vertical line climbing from the bottom of the hand up toward the middle finger) reveals drive toward values, which in turn equate to money. A long, noticeable vertical line rising toward the middle finger shows a person with their foot on the gas and hands on the steering wheel with a clear plan, direction and determination.
4. The Life Line shows the level of vitality available to the owner. Deep, long and curving Life Lines indicate stamina, recuperation skills and physical balance. Life Lines that are short or frayed show a scattering of energy; the anchor typically keeping a buoyant ship in place is untethered.
5. A variety of other markings in the hands would also be considered. There are too many to mention here.
Keep in mind, no one indicator in the hand will uncover the vocational solution. The ingredients must be artistically combined to expose the inner masterpiece waiting to shine.
To summarize, the first component in the hand to assess for vocational selection is the hand. So far we considered the following variables (shape, lines and markings):
After traveling to India in May 2010, where Kay was deeply inspired, she founded the American Academy of Hand Analysis (AAHA). She has been practicing hand analysis since 2003 and teaching workshops and classes since 2005 . Her life’s work for more than two decades has been devoted to studying, practicing and inspiring exploration, deep discovery and prosperity. She is the author of Your Life Is In Your Hands; Practical Palm Reading for Purposeful Living.
When we live on our natural path effort is unnecessary. Think of a river as it naturally flows over rocks and around bends. The river is not working- yet there is a tremendous force of nature at work – carving deep canyons into mountains.
This is my objective – to help you find your powerful flow so you can be free of effort – and it’s literally designed in the palms of your hands.
When properly understood and interpreted, the hands clearly identify the potential skills, attributes, talents, strengths and preferences of an individual, as well as the potential weaknesses and blocks to overcome. A skillful hand reading and coaching with a professional can greatly change the direction and perception for possible career options. While your hand reader will offer insightful guidance, it is entirely up to you to choose what is best and right for you. The concrete and unique information in the hands can remove the guess-work as to what is the best vocation. One’s natural path for “right” work is literally etched in the palms and fingerprints. Your hand reader is the translator of that information to you, as the client.
1) The hand (shape, lines and specific markings)
2) The fingerprints (life path, purpose and lesson)
As a scientific hand analyst I use the following checklist to begin my vocational assessment using the first component – the hand. I focus on the right hand first because it is typically considered the dominant hand.
– Hand Shape archetypal combinations reveal temperament and preferences. One is motivated toward what is important to him or her. As an example, productivity and reliability is important to the Earth handed person while impressions and relationships are important to the water handed person.
– Dominant fingers act as antennas transmitting and receiving potencies and areas of interest. For example, a person with a straight, tall and upright middle (Saturn) finger will place value in organization, structure, discipline and responsibility.
Now, if you blend an Earth hand with a dominant middle finger the owner will feel best in work with organizational structures providing productive and reliable outcomes – as in road construction. Rules and simplicity will be important. Conversely, the Water hand blended with a dominant middle finger will find the owner attracted to discipline and order in relationships. You may find him or her rehearsing lines for an upcoming stage performance, molding to the impression of the character he or she will play.
– The fullest Mount on the palm will show an excess reservoir of energy for use. For example, if the fullest Mount is around the ball of the Thumb (Venus zone), then the owner will be inclined to socialize, play and indulge in luxury.
– The Heart Line provides clues as to the non-negotiable emotional requirements of the owner. A long curving up to the index finger Heart Line type will want to connect with people. Conversely, a short, straight Heart Line would rather work alone and complete projects and tasks.
– Gift Markings pinpoint unique signatures to embody and shine into the world. Associated obstacles accompany each gift marking to help point the way to it’s advanced path.
The above are a few considerations your vocational hand analysis session will include to build a theme for your life’s most fulfilling work.
Part 3 will include five additional variables to consider in the hand when selecting a vocation.
Do you have the markings of a bully buster? Look at the Inner Mars zone in the palms of your hands. One of many key words for this zone is stamina.
When looking at your Mars zone, either hand, do you see any of the following markings:
– Fullness/puffiness – Star (6 pointed asterisk) – Whorl – The start of your Head Line – Grills
Mars star in left hand (above)
Whorl in the Mars zone (above)
Head Line starts inside and below the start of the Life Line (above)
Grill/ladder effect in the Mars zone (above)
Standing up for the underdog brings fulfillment to the owner with a well marked Mars zone. Mars is the archetype for the warrior and he (or she) needs a cause, something to stand for, to protect. A star shows the gift of bravery. The whorl indicates a life purpose where his or her exceptional courage is exercised. With the Head Line starting inside the Life Line, the owner will do well to advocate for those who are unable to stand up for themselves – such as mistreated animals, foster children, or battered women – to name a few. However, if this hero-type doesn’t have an appropriate cause for all this energy, he or she just may end up feeling cowardly, or the opposite – rageful. Just like the Lion in “Wizard of Oz,” owners of one or more of the markings above must have a bold and fearless course of action to devote their enthusiasm toward.
Anne Bunnell is an Associate Faculty of the AAHA. She became a Certified Hand Analyst in 2005 through the International Institute of Hand Analysis (IIHA) with Teacher Alana Unger. Anne lives in Petaluma, California.
When and how did you start reading hands?
I decided to study hand analysis in 2004 after experiencing some unexplainable anger issues that had arisen in my life that I couldn’t find the cause of. After doing some deep work with Alana Unger, it became very clear that it was my Life Purpose screaming for expression that was the source of my angst and anger. Hand Analysis was my instrument of choice to “get the music out”.
Are you specializing in any particular area of hand analysis? If so, what is it?
Gift markings and heart lines fascinate me. I find great fun and joy in sharing this information with my client and hearing their stories of how they experience these lines and markings in their own hands.
What is most meaningful to you about reading hands?
I love the sacred trust that happens when someone opens their hands to be read, trusting that they are safe and there is no judgment. I also am grateful for the opportunity to validate and celebrate who they are with no judgment.
Has your life lesson ever shown up during a reading? If so, how and what did you learn from that experience?
My Life lesson pays me a visit before every reading, without fail. It shows up as the left Saturn voice in my head (“surely I don’t know enough yet”). I have learned to quickly recognize it for what it is and just jump into the reading whole-heartedly anyway, allowing it to unfold.
What really cracks me up is that sometimes, if I have the same life lesson as my client, I struggle to explain about that particular part of their life lesson and sometimes I have even drawn a blank. So I usually just laugh, fess up, move on and circle back around to it.
How do you apply your life purpose and your life lesson, in other words, how do you see them work together?
The awareness of my life lesson (blind spot) and understanding how it shows up in my life has helped me to more quickly recognize my internal resistance for what it truly is. I can usually challenge and move through the fear and judgment by going ahead anyway, just taking small steps forward, one at a time. I have learned that if and when I choose to consciously challenge the belief around my life lesson, some pretty terrific things unfold.
What are your fingerprint patterns? (replace contents below with yours in the fingerprint chart)
Do you have a bad experience you can share to help others avoid a similar situation?
When I was a student in the IIHA year long program, I did a reading with a woman who was very guarded and had extremely dry hands. I was having trouble seeing her fingerprints so she applied some lotion that she had to see if that would help. It did make it easier to see her prints but the lotion was so fragrant that it made me sick to my stomach. Then, when it came to sharing the information about her life lesson (left Jupiter), she immediately rejected what I had to say and refused to even consider the possibility that this could be her blind spot. Needless to say I was a bit unnerved and one of us abruptly ended the reading right then and there. (Actually I think it was my left Saturn life lesson that ended the reading). Anyway, I learned a few things from that experience:
I was still VERY new at reading hands and took her response as if I had said something wrong (my LL). The more vocabulary you can gather and use to explain about LP and LL the better. Ask other hand analysts what words and ideas they use in their readings.
I always carry UNSCENTED lotion in my supplies, just in case.
What advice would you give to new students of Hand Analysis?
My advice to budding Hand Analysts:
Be easy on yourself. You know more than you think you do.
When you feel overwhelmed…breathe.
Keep an open mind and heart so that you can see what you are learning from the reading as well as your client.
Work on not being attached to the outcome of a reading, you are simply the messenger.
Learn what you can from other Hand Analysts, there is an unending wealth of knowledge in this very supportive community, but please try really hard NOT to compare yourself to other readers. You will develop your own unique style that brings your gifts and talents to this amazing practice.
Trust the process, there is always a bigger picture at play.
What intentions do you have for your Hand Analysis practice during the next six months?
Separating my practice into the different layers, my intentions for the next six months are to continue with my individual hand readings, develop a new website on squarespace.com (which is very user friendly so I am attempting it myself) and continue to participate in the wonderful classes offered through the AAHA and Earth School.
The Pluto zone sits on the outer edge of the palm, mid way, just below the start of the heart line. When I see a line starting in this section of the palm and curving up toward the ring or middle finger the owner is best suited for a career in ‘death, transformation and regeneration’. Coaching people to move through radical change such as paralyzing sports injuries, homes lost during disasters, and unexpected job loss would be a good fit. The individual with this etching has a keen ability to understand the natural process of change.
If you have this line, your good hair day probability is that you regularly act as a channel, crusading from rubble to renovation to revelation. You may find yourself witnessing devastating loss leading to profound life awareness’s. You would also use your abilities to move through change, like Kubler Ross who studied and taught about five stages of grief. Ultimately you inspire others and shine the light to step onward and upward.
If the owner of a Pluto line is having a bad hair day, she may feel stuck in the muck where she has experienced deep loss herself and hasn’t moved out of it yet. Maybe she is morning the loss of her grandmother after ten years. There is a healthy period for grieving the loss of a loved one. However, remaining too long in depression or denial is unfavorable to living a fulfilling life.
With the line of Pluto, the potential to guide and direct others through unchartered territories is a talent to investigate and cultivate in order to live a meaningful life.
Tip for the Radical Change Agent: Continue to strengthen your abilities to deal with and embrace the unexpected and align your career with your natural skill set.
Gift Markings, when found on the hands, reveal a person’s potential aptitude, ability, skill, and talents – in short their gifts in very specific areas. Talents aren’t always realized because people can be reluctant to come out in their fullest potential. It’s easier to play small for most people.
One example of a gift marking is when a person has six or more vertical lines on the mount under the pinkie finger. The lines don’t drop below the heart line. This is the mark of the Gifted Healer who has profound psychological insights. The Gifted Healer is considered a growth catalyst for personal development. Her friends inherently solicit her counsel for problems because she has a ‘listening’ ear. She personifies sage wisdom.
On a good hair day she is in tune with her Inner voice, trusting the insights she perceives. She is available to herself enough to listen to, hear and respond to That Voice. She uses the gift for her own relationship, family and career challenges. The upside potential for someone with eight or more vertical stripes is to be a Healer for Healers. Professional Healers such as Therapists, Health Coaches, Veterinarians, Ministers and even Hair Dressers go to this soul-centered-practitioner for counsel and guidance. At her best, the Gifted Healer is a cheerleader for her clients, practicing as a profession.
The bad hair day possibility for the Gifted Healer is that she’ll ignore her inner voice. Snubbing the inner voice leads to blocked intimacy in relationship. If you have these markings check your life flight pattern for dead end relationships or dodging exposing your truth to you mate. You’ve undoubtedly said to yourself, “Oh, if only I would have responded to that little voice inside, I would have saved myself a lot of grief.” You’re learning to work through trust issues to get to a point of trusting your self in all situations.
Tip for the Gifted Healer: Listen and respond to your inner voice even if it says, “Don’t take that job with the incredibly high salary” or “No, don’t date that super model” or telling your husband of 25 years, “I plan to enroll in school a help people heal themselves.”
If you have both a line of Pluto and the mark of the Gifted Healer, I’d consider you an Insightful Guide for Rebirth. Your life fulfillment blueprint includes weaving both of these skill sets as a livelihood.
Keep in mind:
1. You want to be a Healer but you don’t have the Gifted Healer mark? Not to worry. Follow your heart and be grateful you probably won’t experience the bad hair day possibility to the extreme degree of the person with the vertical stripes under the Pinkie finger.
2. We are on a learning journey. We veer off track to know where the next segment of our life path is to be found. To find the middle of the road we must drive on the reflectors in the center lane as well as run off road into a few road signs. Cautionary devices awaken us to balance.
3. If you don’t have these markings, it doesn’t mean you can’t live in these good hair day possibilities. You can do what you set your mind to.
Many people ask me, “What does this mean?” As they point to a mysterious marking in their hand. Maybe you have wondered about a few markings in your own hands.
In all aspects of the hand there is an upside and a down side possibility. I like to say a good hair day/bad hair day potential. When I have my hair done at the salon there is a likelihood for a great outcome that I’m really happy with or something that needs to be redone! Eeek.
Throughout your life, haven’t you experienced exceptional hair days and miserable hair days? This is the dance to a just right hair day? Sort of like Goldilocks moving through the beds that were too hard and too soft to get to the bed that felt just right.
See the simple hand map below along with a few descriptions of markings. Check your hands – and your friends too!
Venus is the goddess of love and pleasure. The Venus mount is the area where the thumb plugs into the ball of the palm. Pink ink is showing the expansion of the Venus zone. If this area is rounded and full – sort of voluptuous looking – it indicates an man or woman who is sensual and in touch with her appetites whether they consist of lush velvet curtains and romantic candles, fancy wine and cheese or hunky men with appealing bodies to touch. Tip for a voluptuous Venus: Enjoy your passions but keep those desires in check.
Alternatively, if this Venus mount is flat, hard to the touch, and straight along the edge of the mount, the owner may be challenged to find joy in their life. She may be all work and no play. A person with a flat Venus zone might complain about being bogged down with work and responsibilities and unable to express where she feels joy in their life. Tip for a flat Venus: Keep a joy-journal. In the joy-journal, identify what brings you delight. When do you feel your best and how can you bring more of delight and enchantment into your life?
Jupiter is known as the Sky God with exceptional vision and requirements for a large territory. If someone has a 6-pointed star, like an asterisk on the mount under the index finger, then I’d read her as an ambitious woman gifted with the ability to influence. She has the forte to galvanize change in the world. She may sense an invisible and constant ‘push’ on her back to keep her moving forward toward results.
The bad hair day possibility with the star on the Jupiter mount is that she could take the back seat to another leader, manager or King and act as the lady behindthe throne. She would eagerly align the kingdom to the other leader(s). However, while in position behind the throne, the followers will still most likely see her as the one to obey. Ideally, she is gaining experience and aiming to claim her authority, pointing the way with her own vision, reigning over her own Queendom. Tip for the gifted leader: Oversee from your own throne to feel most fulfilled.
If you have both a full Venus mount and a Star on Jupiter then others may see you as a charming and generous leader, lavishing your followers with the deliciousness of life.
Watch for the next lessons on the Pluto Line and the vertical lines under the pinkie finger.
I recently spent a few days on a stretch of cliffs overlooking the magnificent California coast line. The beaches were stunning and the jagged vertical rock walls put me in awe of the vast ocean. During the night, with the hotel slider wide open to the sea, I heard the ceaseless waves crashing into the cliff walls. It was an absolute rush!
Well marked ‘caution’ signs were located on the railings near the edges of the cliffs. However, those signs are in English. People have to know English to read the signs and that’s IF they pay attention. Of course it’s obvious not to get too close to the edge… or is it? Dare devils and risk takers are compelled to see how far they can walk the ledge. There are also the curious and simple minded who may misplace a foot hold and take a fatal spill. Cars park within inches of the fence and the edge of a potential fall. Survival would be questionable after tumbling off the rim of one of these cliffs.
In life, how often are you confronted with the ‘jagged edge’? Do you recognize when you’re approaching an unsteady frontier? Most people operate on auto-pilot 85% of the time. What would a ‘jagged edge’ look like to you, in your own life?
Are you the type to get closer and closer to the edge, steer clear entirely, or somewhere in between? Can you interpret the ‘caution’ signs? Do you know the language in print? Are you surrounded by people who rally to boost you to your higher ground?
Life is full of opportunities to experience Divine beauty in all things. With the splendor comes risk. Risk is mitigated by knowing how to read the signs. Tapping into your intuition is quite helpful in times of danger. The brain will respond to your intuition IF the brain can ‘read the sign’.
Your hands reveal markings that can help you, or anyone, to understand their life path, the best directions to take, how to correct after going off course and how to make sense of the most challenging obstacles. Talents, potentials, inclinations, and motivations besides the life purpose and life lessons can be pinpointed in the hands and fingerprints to help a person live in their most empowered self.
If you want to learn to read hands, you can become skilled at identifying and articulating the trail markers around the cliffs of life. The abyss can be bypassed with greater ease. If by chance someone has fallen off the edge with no apparent way up you can offer hope and guidance. It’s all clearly mapped out in the hands and fingerprints.
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