Palmistry: A Guide to Reading Palms to Figure Out Your Love Life

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In this installment of Practical Magic, Lisa Stardust explains how Palmistry can help you gain insight into your romantic future. Always remember that magic is for believers, but this column can also simply serve as a guide to getting in touch with yourself — magically or not.

Coming from a family with a mystical background, my great grandmother used to give tarot and palm reading in New York City's Lower East Side during the Great Depression. Years later, whenever I visited her, my great grandmother would read my palm and offer me insights into my future. I was always interested in guidance towards matters of the heart, and my great grandmother's readings always came in handy in helping me and my friends navigate the path of romance.

With Valentine's Day approaching, many of us are focused on love and our romantic future. One fun way to gain insight into this is through palm readings. Palmistry is a form of divination that studies the lines of the hand, giving us insight into our personality, desires, and inclinations. Also known as chiromancy, Palmistry has ancient roots and has been a great source of wisdom to many. While it's important to remember that palm readings are open to interpretation and we have free will in our relationships, it can be an enjoyable activity to do with friends. Hopefully, this can open the conversation up with yourself or others about the type of relationship you desire and how you want to be treated by a partner (and vice versa).

Sorry, no amount of magic can make someone fall in love with you\!

A Guide to Reading Palms:

To get started, use your dominant hand, this is the hand you prefer to use. Make a tight fist and squeeze it three times, facing you. Next, open your fist and keep your fingers slightly bent. Look at the lines that start on the top of your palm underneath your small finger. Focus on the second line (the majority of people have almost five lines there, which is why it’s important to narrow in on the second one) that starts underneath your pinky. This is called the heart line, which can reveal insights into your love life. By examining the details in this line, you can learn more about how you feel about others and what your future may hold in terms of relationships.

How to Interpret the Heart Line

A straight line that is deep means that you are going to have an intense commitment from someone that lasts a long time. If the line is very long (it ends underneath the middle finger or towards the index finger), that means you will meet your soulmate in this lifetime and have a passionate affair with them.

If the lines moves downwards in your palm, it suggests that you will encounter a controlling partner and you might have to assert yourself in the relationship to be heard.

If the line moves upwards by the middle or index finger, it represents that you will align with someone successful or famous, and you will become a power couple.

If you see that the end of the line is split and that the lines at the end or middle look like a fork, that could mean that the relationship has a lot of ways that it could be pursued, and that the ending is up to you. You get to choose your relationship and how you want to attain it cohesively.

If vertical lines are coming out of the heart line, this means that the partnership will be a creative union in which you can make waves and change the world together. Pay attention to this one because it could also mean you're going to work together and do wonderful things as a result.

When two parallel lines meet it signifies a unique relationship where two individuals who are extremely different come together to create something great.

If the heart line is broken in the middle it means that relationships can be a little stormy at times, but it also means that one can work on understanding their emotions in the long run, which can cultivate a better dynamic.

A straight line without any breaks indicates that you have an unconditional heart and are always willing to offer love to others. It's important for you to receive the same level of love and care in return. Therefore, you should be cautious when choosing a partner and ensure that they are capable of giving you the same amount of love and affection.

Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue