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April 27, 1999

How do you read a palm?

Palmistry is the practice of foretelling the future by examining the lines and marks on the human hand, according to the World Book Encyclopedia.

In palmistry, the fleshy parts of the palm, at the base of the thumb and fingers and on the side of the hand are called mounts. The mounts are named for Apollo, the god of the sun in Greek mythology; the moon; and the planets Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury and Mars.

A well-developed, fleshy mount supposedly means a person has the characteristics associated with that mount.

For example, the mount of Apollo indicates art and riches. Jupiter signifies ambition and pride and Venus represents love and music.

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The wrinkles on the palm are called lines. Each has a name and a meaning. A long line of life foretells a long life and a clear, long line of the heart indicates an affectionate disposition.

A strongly marked line of the head signifies intelligence and imagination.

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