4 September 2013, 12:30
I believe that one of the major reasons people feel lost, sad and disconnected from reality is because we’ve replaced nature (getting outside, walking on the grass, enjoying a cool breeze or splashing in the ocean) with technology (sitting inside, in the air conditioning, staring at a screen for hours on end). In a lot of ways, I think we’re detached from the seasons, and I believe it has a much greater negative effect on us than we realise.
It’s not difficult to get back in touch with the elements, though: all it takes is a decision and then a little bit of effort. For example, using the Moon to guide you is simple. You do see it in the sky most nights, after all!
Below, I’ve gone through each phase of the Moon, in addition to explaining what to do at each time. You might want to print it out and put it on your wall for easy reference.
By the way, for thoroughly modern magic, you can add the phases of the Moon to Google Calendar! It’s really easy to do. Open Google Calendar in your browser, and on the left hand side, you’ll see a month view, a heading which says My Calendars and a heading which says Other Calendars. Click on Other Calendars, and select Browse Interesting Calendars from the menu. Under More is the Phases of the Moon calendar. Click Subscribe and your calendar will show the phases! Brilliant!
The New Moon
As the Moon phases move from new to full, the Moon appears to get bigger and brighter. This period is called “waxing”, and is the most fertile time in the Moon’s cycle. It’s a great time to try and get pregnant, but if babies aren’t on your list, it’s also a fantastic time to create and conceive of new projects.
In Kundalini yoga, they say that the New Moon is the time when we have the lowest energy levels. Yogi Bhajan recommends fasting on water and lemon on this day.
The New Moon is the absolute best time to write a list of goals or things you’d like to manifest. Read it aloud to yourself, light a candle and then put the list under a mirror. It’s nice to do this in a space where you know your list won’t be disturbed, if possible.
The Crescent Moon
The Crescent Moon corresponds with Gemini, so think of your favourite Gemini and some of their most positive attributes! Geminis have active minds and love to think on many levels at once. They’re popular, avid readers, and excel in many things. During the Crescent Moon, act like a Gemini! Bring new things, people and relationships into your life, and focus on accelerating the progress of any projects you’re working on.
As the Moon builds up to be full, manifesting power increases as well as personal energy. If you want to manifest like a badass, intention is key. Great intentions are a combination of focus, attitude, and energy, and this is one of the best articles I’ve read on how to kill it with your intention! Once you’ve read that, see how you can add intention to the list you made during the New Moon.
The First Quarter
The First Quarter corresponds with Cancer. If you know any Cancers, you’re tuned into the fact that they can be emotional but are also excellent planners. You might be feeling the same way.
This is a time to be ambitious, and to think about what you’re building. At the Crescent Moon you added intention to your list; during the First Quarter you should make an action plan to help capitalise on your manifesting power. You can’t manifest by just sitting on your booty and thinking about it. It is essential to take action and make forward strides!
The Gibbous Moon
The Gibbous Moon occurs three days before the Full Moon, which is the time of fruition. You can increase your ability to actually receive what you’ve manifested by visualising it happening. Grab your list, read it, sit down with it, and then close your eyes to envision those things happening for you. Creative visualisation is immensely powerful. Hey, if it works for Olympic athletes, why not for you?!
Even though the Full Moon is just around the corner, that doesn’t mean you go rushing around at full speed, ignoring everyone around you. On the contrary: the Gibbous Moon is a time to be constructive, caring and to help others. What goes around comes around, after all. The Gibbous Moon is linked to the sign of Virgo, which naturally wants to be of service and to help the world. Think like a Virgo!
The Full Moon
The Full Moon is time when things come to conclusion. Take a look at the list you wrote during the New Moon and acknowledge what you were able to manifest! It’s a great time to give thanks, and writing a gratitude list at this time is very powerful. Once you’ve done this, take your original list and bury it in dirt; this is a symbol of what is growing for you!
This is also a time to make important decisions. Sometimes it can feel like everything is coming to a head during the Full Moon, and we often realise that it’s time to make a change or leave things behind.
In Kundalini yoga, it is said that you are “naturally accelerated” during a Full Moon, and at your peak energy levels. Again, yogis recommend fasting on this day.
The Disseminating Moon
Once you’ve made some of those difficult decisions, the time between the Full Moon and the New Moon — which is called “waning” — is the best possible time to remove anything from your life that is no longer serving you. This might include the discarding of old habits, saying goodbye to toxic friendships, closing a business or leaving a relationship. It’s not usually considered the best time to start a project during this time, it’s more about tying up loose ends and filing things away.
The Disseminating Moon is a time to teach others, to release past influences, to retreat and rest. It’s also a great time to undergo any kind of beauty treatment which reduces hair growth. Weird but true!
The Last Quarter
This is the second-to-last phase of the Moon, and during this time, you want to take those loose ends from the last cycle and really and truly finish ‘em up! The Last Quarter is associated with Capricorn, a very serious, ambitious and determined sign. Capricorns aren’t necessarily the best at being “in the moment”; instead, they prefer to focus on finishing things so they can move onto the next phase of their grand plan. Channel those attributes during this phase! In other words: get ‘er done!
During the time from the New Moon to now, you will have become aware of certain things in your life that could be released. The Last Quarter gives us fantastic energetic support to halt old habits and break negative patterns, so this is a great time to do that.
The Balsamic Moon
...Not to be mistaken for my favourite salad dressing!
The Balsamic Moon occurs 72 hours before the New Moon, and it’s a time to get ready for the next phase. This Moon phase is related to the sign of Pisces, who are known to be dreamy, private, contemplative and creative. Do your best Pisces impression during this time! Take some out to meditate and clear your head before we launch into the New Moon.
You might want to burn your list from the last New Moon to allow space to bring new things into your life, clean your house, and spend some time alone as you get ready for this next cycle.
Soon, it will be the New Moon… And we’ll start all over again!
7 June 2013, 15:49
It’s a stormy, rainy day here in New York City, so it feels like the perfect time to talk about numerology! I just read an interview with Marilyn Manson (what else is new?!) where he was talking about it, and it inspired me to look it up again. I haven’t researched numerology in ages, but consider yourself warned: it’s easy to get lost in the subject!
If you’d like to do a little numerology on yourself, it’s simple. To find out your number, all you do is add up the numbers of your birthday. For example, my birthday is the 13th of September 1983. So I do this…
1 + 3 + 9 + 1 + 9 + 8 + 3 = 34
Once you have that final number, you add them together (so 3 + 4) to get your life path number (in my case, 7). If you get a double-digit number, just keep adding them together until you get a single digit number. The only exception is if you come up with 11 or 22, since 11 and 22 are life path numbers all on their own.
3 + 4 = 7
Your life path number can be 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 or 22.
But what does it all mean?! Allow me to enlighten you!
Ones — as the name might suggest — believe that they are at the top of the heap. They know what they want, and they go after it with a single-minded vision and sense of purpose. They are great at getting what they want out of people, but one of their greatest lessons to learn is that other people don’t really enjoy that!
Ones are extremely creative and individualistic. They often resent authority, and will very rarely seek out — or follow! — advice. The One type believes that if you want something done properly, you should do it yourself… And they’re often right. They are so determined and efficient that they can achieve what looks impossible to anyone else.
Ones make tremendous leaders, as their strong will and passion can help them inspire a team of people to go anywhere they want. If they can learn to be compassionate and sensitive to the needs of others, they will be hugely respected, too.
You can read more about the One here.
Twos are the very definition of the wallflower. They’re sweet, kind and easygoing, but they often fade into the background… And failing to speak their mind or act on their impulses can fill their life with regret.
Twos make fantastic friends and parents. They are very comforting and nurturing, always ready with a cup of tea and an available ear! They’re exceptionally understanding, will listen for hours, and always keep secrets.
They can, however, be low on ambition and self-confidence. Their insecurities keep them quiet, and they don’t give themselves a chance to see what they’re really made of.
Twos are great in a group situation, as they are eager to chip in and do what needs to be done, but their shyness often leads to them being underestimated. Take a risk, speak up, and show people how great you can be!
You can read more about the Two here.
Three is the number of charisma and popularity. You can often see them holding court at a party, or chatting up a storm beside the water-cooler. They make people laugh, and always liven up a room. If you know a Three, there’s never a dull moment. They can get along with anyone, and they love to sell, teach and entertain.
Of course, there is a downside to their extremely engaging and persuasive nature! Threes can often find themselves desperately bidding for attention, and they must guard against beoming egotistical or narcissistic. They are such good salespeople that they sometimes find themselves caught up in a scam or a con.
Threes are almost always more sensitive on the inside than they would appear on the outside, and sometimes they waste their energy by working on too many things at once. The lesson for Three is to deepen relationships, develop a rich inner life, and see beyond the surface!
You can read more about the Three here.
Four is the perfect picture of responsibility and “work now, play later”. They like to follow rules and do everything by the book, and they keep their goals in mind at all times. Their motto could be “slow and steady wins the race”.
They always put money away for a rainy day, and are extremely disciplined when it comes to work and finances. They are known for their strong ethics and conservative nature.
While others may look at them and think the Four is putting life on hold, the Four has the last laugh when they’re able to retire early in the lap of luxury! However, it wouldn’t kill the Four to take time to enjoy life in the moment. Don’t be rigid, don’t get stuck!
You can read more about the Four here.
Five loves to live on the fringes. They’re the ultimate outsider, often with a taste for bizarre art and strange music. The Five loves to research and learn about “unacceptable” things: cults, clairvoyancy, alternative medicine, the occult, etc. They’re also very adventurous, lively and love to hear other people’s opinions. They are the definition of open-minded.
Fives make money and new friends with ease. They are always on the move, and hate being tied down: they’re always seeking out new and exciting things. They loathe rules and tradition.
The other side of Five is that sometimes their weirdness comes from a need to rebel, and they can spend too much time trying to shock others. They can be irritable, messy and they are almost always late!
You can read more about the Five here.
Six is one of the most positive numbers within numerology. Not given to extremes, the Six is well-balanced, happy and optimistic. They can be a little conventional, preferring routine, old friends and the tried-and-true, but they’re not boring or uptight.
Six personalities love peace and equilibrium. They just want everyone to get along! They will always step in to try to moderate disagreements, and are great negotiators.
You can trust a Six to do the right thing, and they are often very successful. Of course, since the good things in life come to them so easily, they can get a little self-absorbed, and take their blessings for granted. They are also prone to worrying… Remember to count your blessings, little Six!
You can read more about the Six here.
Seven is a magical number, and as such, Sevens are extremely psychic, and often drawn to the esoteric. They crave deeper knowledge, and are often lost in a book or their own thoughts. For this reason, they’re sometimes seen as aloof, weird or strange. They’re not: they just need more time to themselves than most.
Sevens are quick-witted and wise, and often think so far ahead that they are somewhat out-of-step with the current time. They often feel that they have a higher purpose and are very motivated.
However, Sevens can be morbid, antisocial and introverted. The challenge for a Seven is to learn to articulate their thoughts, speak out, and let their inner light shine. When they do, they can help, uplift, inspire and teach others.
You can read more about the Seven here.
Eight personalities are go-getters, and can achieve incredible things. They are extremely focussed on the material world, and can accumulate immense wealth. Maybach, anyone?
No one can touch the Eight when they’re pursuing their passions. But there’s a cost: they often abandon their personal life and relationships, and refuse to take responsibility for what is going on internally.
The Eight’s need for recognition can lead them astray, and they are sometimes seen as selfish and thoughtless. Their moral compass can be off, too. The challenge for an Eight is to create a spiritual life, stay connected to the real world, and learn compassion.
You can read more about the Eight here.
Nine people are true humanitarians. They are motivated by their urge to help and serve the world, but can be flighty. It’s often said that Nines could do anything they wanted, if only they could figure out what that was!
They have a strong sense of social justice, and will often fight for the rights of others. They are compassionate and generous to a fault, and inspire others to do better. They are very romantic, too.
Nines are exuberant and enthusiastic, and can fall quickly in and out of love with people, projects and passions. For this reason, people sometimes view them as flaky… And their compulsion to help others in addition to shaky personal goals can get them labelled as meddlesome and bossy. The challenge for a Nine is to pick a project, focus on it, and see it through to completion! When they are able to commit, they can be hugely effective at promoting social change.
You can read more about the Nine here.
Eleven operates on a higher plane than the rest of us mere mortals! They are guided by their sense of truth and justice, and they are motivated to make the world a better place.
Elevens are extremely emotional, sensitive, idealistic and intuitive. They’re not great in business, because rational thinking isn’t their greatest strength, but they are very good-natured and cooperative.
Sometimes their obsession with fairness can drive others a little nuts. They are inclined to be dreamers rather than doers, but if they can harness their energy, their incredibly clear sense of purpose and ethics, and their intelligent and focussed mind can allow them to achieve wonderful things.
You can read more about the Eleven here.
Twenty-two takes all the best parts of the preceding numbers: the energy of One, the sweetness of Two, the brilliance of Three, the work ethic of Four, the adventurous nature of Five, the reliability of Six, the psychic mind of Seven, the worldliness of Eight, the humanitarian nature of Nine, and the vision of Eleven. Being a Twenty-two is extremely fortunate, and — of course — they can use all of these skills to their advantage within life.
It’s said that Twenty-twos are “Grand Builders”, here for a larger purpose, and can use their unconventional thinking to make massively positive changes to the world.
On the flip-side, a Twenty-two can also be seduced by all of the negative aspects of the preceding numbers, so ultimately it is up to them as to whether they channel the higher or lower aspects of their personality. Some Twenty-twos distrust others, and use their personality to control and manipulate others.
In the case of a Twenty-two, just like the nursery rhyme, it’s clear that when they are good, they are very very good… And when they are bad, they are horrid!
You can read more about the Twenty-two here.
Do you see yourself in your number? I’d love to hear how accurate you think numerology is… Holler at me on Facebook!
Big love from this Seven,
Title image by Liz Ham.
22 May 2013, 14:59
Illustration from Volume 25.
Today we’re going to talk about my favourite subject: magic.
After my Season Of The Witch post, which you all seemed to love, I thought it was time to step things up a notch. In other words, I’m going to teach you how to do a little bit of magic of your own.
When I was a teenager, my parents went ballistic upon discovering my altar (conveniently hidden in the closet), though I’m not sure they knew what they were looking at. I think it was the effing huge knife — or athame — that freaked them out most. I’m pretty sure they thought I was going to commit ritual suicide. Understandable, then!
Not too long after that, I started dating a boy who valued logic (and cynicism) above all else. In an effort to impress him, I pushed all my magic books to the back of my closet, and that’s where they stayed, both literally and figuratively.
Maybe it’s my Saturn return, or maybe it’s just a natural cycle. Whatever the reason, I’ve bounced right back into it again.
I have always believed in the silver cord that ties seemingly unrelated events together, always trusted in the qualities of crystals, herbs and flowers, and always known that simply putting your attention (and intention) on something boosts its mojo. Dipping my head back into the study of all things magical feels like an organic progression from my long-standing interest in manifesting and the law of attraction.
“To repeat the definition of magic I like best: it is the study of the ways in which natural forces, energies and gods can be compelled or induced to help us. Calling it the technology of the sacred highlights magic’s study of ways to focus such energies. This technology may attract the attention of busy gods through sacred geometry, as the ancient Romans did when they constructed temples filled with geometric symbols; it may provide a road map to higher consciousness, as the Kabbalah does; it may harness the vital forces of herbs, roots and rocks, as folk magic does; or it may pull down power through ritual, as Wicca does. Or it may be as simple as focusing one’s attention to notice what’s happening. The salesman who believes that making all five lights on the way to work bodes well for the day may not think he believes in magic, but he does.”
(From Not In Kansas Anymore: A Curious Tale of How Magic Is Transforming America, Christine Wicker)
I recently devoured Not In Kansas Anymore, a fascinating book about the history of magic in America and the active communities that exist today. As I fervently flicked pages, I realised how many of my common, everyday beliefs were rooted in something magical. For example, the pink Post-It Note on my Macbook which says, “I get what I think about, whether I like it or not” is 100% pure magical thinking.
If you have a lucky pair of knickers, a pre-game ritual you always perform, or if you make decisions based on signs from the universe, you engage in magical thinking too. And it’s not unusual: in fact, it’s extremely normal.
I have always been an adherent of magical thinking, which is the belief that your thoughts can change reality. But magical thinking is also part of the diagnostic criteria of a slew of mental illnesses, including schizotypal personality disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. According to Psychology Today, there is a “sliding scale” of magical thinking, and to sit too far at either end is seen as relatively unhealthy.
To me, though, magic is about harnessing energy and making efforts to bring what you desire into creation. This is not about idly wishing for something and then sitting on your bum. As I describe in Love and Sequins #9: Magic And Manifesting, manifesting (or working magic in any capacity) is about getting the universe to meet you halfway. It throws the ball, and you return it.
The best magic is not done alone in your grotto; it is mustered up when you team up with the universe. Don’t just light some incense, write an action plan. Don’t just think about what you want, make some phonecalls. Meet the universe in the middle.
I think this is what Pablo Picasso was referring to when he said, “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”
“Three of the biggest questions of spiritual belief are Is there Something out there, some force or intelligence, some energy, some creator, some organizer of the physical? Does that Something impinge on us, expect something from us, have a plan for our lives? And can we use this Something for our own purposes, causing it to smile on us, to bless us, to protect us? Religion grapples with all three questions. Magic assumes the first two and concerns itself with the last one.”
(From Not In Kansas Anymore: A Curious Tale of How Magic Is Transforming America, Christine Wicker)
Okay, so how can we use this technology of the sacred for our own ends? How can we work in tandem with the universe to create favourable consequences?
You don’t have to go out and buy a cauldron anytime soon. In fact, baby steps are preferable, no matter whether you stride in polka-dot Keds or totter in Louboutins. The best place to begin is with an increase of awareness.
If you’ve ever read Deepak Chopra or Eckhart Tolle, you know the value in truly being in the moment. Being in the moment is about tucking your phone away and really looking around you as you walk home. It’s about making eye contact with your friend and really listening to what she has to say, not just waiting for your turn to talk about yourself. Being in the moment is about turning off all the distractions around you, dropping your head and tuning in to your internal hum.
All good things spring from this simple practice. If you regularly ignore — or rarely even hear from — your intuition, this is the best way to step back into sync with yourself.
Slide your headphones off your head. Feel the breeze on your face. Inhale the scent of honeysuckle. Pay attention to what is going on around you. Revel in your senses.
“Chaos mages also provide simple starting exercises to prepare the mind for magic. Perhaps that was what I needed, preparation. Joseph said he sometimes tells people to start by merely noticing everything they see of a certain color, red or blue maybe. The point is to start people noticing what’s around them. The magical exercise I chose to do first was to walk through my neighborhood looking at everything as if it were occurring only for me, which some mages say is literally true. That was easy enough and wouldn’t require much effort.”
(From Not In Kansas Anymore: A Curious Tale of How Magic Is Transforming America, Christine Wicker)
Do as the chaos mages do: go for a walk. Slide into your favourite shoes — whether a pair of motorcycle boots, glitter-flecked wedges or blue suede Mary Janes — and close the front door behind you.
Walking isn’t just a convenient mode of zig-zagging across town! Walking meditation is a brilliant way to work a little mindfulness into your daily routine, and going on a magical walk is similar.
Instead of thinking about where you want to go, frowning about slow walkers, or tensing your jaw as you recall all the things on your to-do list, focus your awareness on what is happening around you.
Like Joseph said in the excerpt above, you can choose to look for a colour, or you can look at everything with a set of new eyes, as if anything you see is happening for you specifically.
When you see a girl with a bunch of balloons, think that she’s carrying them just for you. Imagine that the leaf fell off the branch simply because it wanted to be close to you. Allow yourself to be awed by the colours of a bluejay’s feathers, a punk rocker’s studded jacket, or a girl’s ringlets.
Take your phone with you, and instead of burying your nose in Twitter, use the camera to snap shots of the special things you see. This will help to make the experience feel rich and tangible. (Tag your photos on Instagram with #magicwalk, and I will share my favourites next week!)
A magical walk can really and truly enchant you: it takes your mind to another space entirely.
So, what’s the purpose of all this? It’s to stimulate your awareness of the many enchantments perpetually whirling around you. It attunes you to your inner voice, and bolsters hope in a bewitching world. This practice reminds you that you are a mademoiselle of the universe, as much a part of the cosmos as the stars and galaxies.
And that knowledge is what emancipates you to do real magic.
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at begin to change.” (Wayne Dyer)
Love and lilacs,
...And SHOUT-OUTS to all of these babes for their column-naming ideas (each of them won the entire Love And Sequins bundle as a thank you): Sarah Everitt Furuya’s suggestion of “Harry Hotter”, Suzanne Ethridge Riordan’s “Grab your Cape Darling”, Shira Avital Orzech’s “Vita Magica”, Emily Jayne Phillips’ “Hocus Pocus Focus”, Rowan Molyneux’s “Abra-ca-BABE-ra!”, Clayton Gibson’s “Professor Darlingdore”, Rebecca Bastien’s “GALA-cadabra!”, and Tatiana Wimmer’s suggestion of “Gala-kazam”! You are all awesome and make me laugh; thank you for taking part. (You can read the rest of the entries here. Clearly, if you’re not following me on Facebook, you are missing out on some good times!)
11 March 2013, 13:19
Just shopping at Bergdorfs… !
Witches are having a pop culture moment. From dark clothes on the runway to mysterious editorials and a slew of new fairytale films, the witch has replaced the vampire as the new icon of power and fantasy. (Hey, if the New York Times says it, it must be true!)
We’re being encouraged to embrace a spookier side of life, and even though there are fresh green shoots emerging from the dirt, I still want to spend my time anointing candles, pulling cards and lighting incense.
Witches get a bad rap. Far from devouring children (à la Hansel and Gretel), modern witches celebrate the divine in their own way. For more information, check out my interview with two wonderful women: I’m A Witch!
Either way, here’s my very stylised take on the whole phenomenon…
“The witch is the ultimate bad girl. You want to be her.”
A modern witch would wear a white lace dress with supersonic leggings, white moto boots and a wired crystal pendant around her neck. She would enchant in a harness-back maxi dress and t-strap wedge sandals. She wouldn’t go out in public without a pair of oversized cat eye sunglasses and a skeleton hand collar. She would stash her treasures in a studded tote bag, and at night she’d go dancing in a pair of striped platform sneakers.
A modern witch always has her divination tools within arms reach. My new favourite set of cards is The Wild Unknown Tarot Deck, a gorgeous illustrated deck which has a guidebook that I’d highly recommend if you’re new to reading the cards. In an ideal world, you wrap your cards in silk and put them in a little bag, but this leather tarot card pouch is fantastic!
A modern witch is always thinking about the stories we tell with our hands. Fingernail rings, knuckle rings, chunky cocktail rings and engagement rings all have their own narrative. They are part of our make-up, an essential piece of costume. A modern witch selects her rings with care every morning, and slides them onto her fingers: elvish twig rings which stack magnificently, rune rings and a Lily Dale spiritualist ring all take pride of place on her hands.
Her jewellery box is full of sparkly gems and unusual finds. A cobra ring in diamond, ruby, black rhodium and 18k gold sits alongside an amazonite pendulum and a crystal point necklace. She scours flea markets and antique shops for anything that catches her eye.
A modern witch embraces symbols and talismans. She adorns herself with charms and amulets to protect her from the evil eye: a little diamond ring, or a necklace from Max and Chloe. Her martlet and heart necklace guarantees good news. She wears a bracelet showing the phases of the moon...
A modern witch has a well-stocked library. All of these books are excellent, and give a friendly introduction to what modern witchcraft is all about: Confessions of a Teenage Witch: Celebrating the Wiccan Life / A Witch Alone: The Essential Guide for the Solo Practitioner of the Magical Arts / Llewellyn’s 2013 Witches’ Datebook / Llewellyn’s 2013 Magical Almanac: Practical Magic for Everyday Living / Grimoire for the Green Witch: A Complete Book of Shadows / Practical Protection Magick: Guarding & Reclaiming Your Power / Llewellyn’s Complete Formulary of Magical Oils / Mrs. B’s Guide to Household Witchery: Everyday Magic, Spells, and Recipes / Magical Housekeeping: Simple Charms and Practical Tips for Creating a Harmonious Home / Llewellyn’s 2013 Witches’ Companion: An Almanac for Contemporary Living
...But most of all, a modern witch knows that the magic comes from within. She knows that she contains all the power, guidance and courage she’ll ever need. She loves boldly and she is never ashamed of who she is.
6 March 2013, 16:14
Do you want to know your future? Oh come on now, I know you do!
Palmistry has been around for thousands of years, and it’s still popular today. No matter where you came from, everyone is at least a little bit curious about what their hands might tell them.
Obviously, the best way to create a future you’re happy with is to take consistent, positive action every day. But if you want to dabble on the metaphysical side of things, it can be really fun to read your palm!
It’s old-fashioned, I know, but I believe everyone should have a party trick. Being able to read palms is one of the best!
Palmistry is quite easy to learn, and like with any other form of fortune-telling, you get better at it the more you do it. It’s a great thing for shy people, too, because it forces you to interact with others one-on-one, and it gives you something to talk about.
I’ve written a super-simple guide to palmistry below. There are many more lines, mounts, bumps and clues you can read, but I’ve kept it simple… And there are some links at the end if you want to develop your skills further!
Which palm should you read? Well, ideally, you should read both. The theory is that the left hand shows potential, while the right hand shows what you’ve done with that potential. Some palm readers believe that “the left is what the gods give you, the right is what you do with it”.
There are four major types of hands, which relate to the elements. Your astrological sign might be an Earth sign, for example, but your hand might not be! Here’s how they break down…
Earth hands are wide, with square palms and fingers, thick or rough skin, and ruddy in appearance. The length of the palm is usually equal to the length of the fingers.
People with Earth hands are usually very practical and level-headed. They’d rather get out into the world and do something rather than learn about it. They can be quite conservative, and prefer to be outdoors. If you have Earth hands, cabin fever is real!
Air hands feature square or rectangular palms with long fingers. They often have protruding knuckles, low thumbs, or dry skin. The length of the palm is usually equal to the length of the fingers.
Air types are very intellectual, always curious and full of ideas. They practically hum with nervous energy, and can be prone to worry and stress. People with Air hands are great communicators, but they can internalise their feelings too much. This can lead to difficulties within their close relationships.
Water hands are based on a short, sometimes oval palm, with long, flexible fingers. Their palm is usually wider than it is long, with fingers equal to the height of the palm.
People with Water hands are very emotional. They are always looking for peace, and are extremely artistic. It can be hard for Water hands to deal with stress, and they are mostly motivated by feelings.
Fire hands have a square or rectangular palm, flushed or pink skin, and shorter fingers. The length of the palm is usually greater than the length of the fingers.
Fire hand types are energetic and always on the go. They need variety, and can be a little impatient and intolerant! People with Fire hands are often fiercely individual, and make great leaders.
If your hands are clammy, you are lazy and unstable, but well-intentioned. If it is hot, you are wild and successful, but can be insincere. If your hands are cold, you are generous, reserved and a bit of a hermit!
The heart line is about any and all matters concerning love.
If your heart line starts under your index finger, you have a satisfying love life. If it starts beneath your middle finger, you are selfish in love. If it starts somewhere in between your first finger and your middle finger, you fall in love easily!
A short heart line denotes little interest in romance. You’d rather do other things! If your heart line touches your life line, it means your heart breaks easily. A long, curvy heart line means you express your feelings with ease and tact. A straight heart line which runs parallel to your life line means you are exceptionally practical in matters of love. A wavy heart line means you will have many lovers, few of them serious… !
If there’s a circle on your heart line, it signifies sadness or depression. A broken heart line, or small lines crossing your heart line, shows emotional trauma of some kind.
The head line shows your intellect or wisdom.
In general, a curvy line denotes creativity and spontaneity, while a straight line favours practicality and structure.
A short head line means you prefer physical accomplishments over intellectual ones; you’d rather go hiking than write an essay. A wavy line shows that you have a short attention span, while a deep, long line is evidence of a clear, focussed thinker. A straight head line means you are a realist.
If your head line is separated from your life line, it means you have a lust for life and an unquenchable thirst for adventure!
If there is a circle or cross in your head line, this denotes an emotional crisis of some kind. Multiple crosses show that you have to make a lot of very big decisions in your lifetime.
The life line is the line of destiny.
It shows your character, as well as any important events that will happen in your life. And don’t worry: contrary to popular belief, the length of the line doesn’t show when you’re going to die!
If your life line is very close to your thumb, it means you have low energy and are often tired. Conversely, a wide, curvy life line shows that you have plenty of energy. If it swoops in a semi-circle, you are strong and enthusiastic. If it’s straight and stays close to the edge of your palm, you are cautious in your relationships.
A long, deep life line shows your inner vitality, while a short and shallow life line means you are easily manipulated by others.
If there’s a circle in your life line, it shows that you will be hospitalised or injured. A break in the line shows major changes in lifestyle.
The fate line can be read in conjunction with the life line to show the future.
By the way, not everyone has a fate line, so don’t feel bad if yours is nowhere to be seen!
A deep fate line shows that you are strongly controlled by destiny. (It’s up to you if you choose to believe that or not!) If there are a lot of breaks in your fate line, it means that external forces will change your life many times.
A fate line that is joined to the life line shows that you are an aspirational, self-made babe. If your fate line starts at the base of your palm, you will find yourself in the public eye often!
Reading the mounts is the next step in palmistry, and it’s pretty easy. At the bottom of each finger is a spongy pad — the other side of your knuckle, if you will. All you need to do to “read” the mount is to look at it and gauge the height. There are three heights: high, low or flat. How well-pronounced the mount appears will tell you everything you need to know!
If you find it difficult to tell the relative size of your mounts, just cup your hand slightly and look at it side-on. You will easily see which mounts are larger than others!
The Venus mount is under your thumb. It’s the fleshy bit that your life line curves around. The Venus mount relates to love, intuition, vitality, sensuality and success.
A high Venus mount shows someone who can be promiscuous and overindulgent. Sometimes they can become obsessed with instant gratification. A normal, well-developed Venus mount denotes a person who is influential, and passionate about the arts. If your Venus mount is flat, you have little to no interest in family life. These people also tend to criticise others.
The Jupiter mount is under your index finger. It tells us about your personal philosophies, beliefs and leadership capabilities.
A high Jupiter mount means you are self-centered and aggressive to the point of being dominating. If your Jupiter mount has a normal height, you are intelligent, and an ambitious, natural leader. A low or flat Jupiter mount means you don’t have much self-confidence.
The Saturn mount is under your middle finger. This mount is all about how patient and responsible you are.
A high Saturn mount shows stubbornness, a tendency to be alone, depressed, cynical and shy. If your Saturn mount has a normal amount of elevation, you are responsible and hard-working, friendly and you trust in the Universe. If it is low or flat, this can mean you are superficial and disorganised.
The Apollo (or Sun) mount is under your ring finger. The Sun relates to creative genius, fantasy, imagination and happiness.
A high Sun mount means that you are a prideful person, who loves to flatter others, can be extravagant, but can be quick-tempered. A normal Sun mount shows someone who is adaptable, outgoing and self-confident. A low Sun mount means you are someone with very little imagination. You might find it difficult to make decisions.
The Mercury mount is under your little finger. Mercury is all about wealth, intellect and travel.
An overdeveloped Mercury mount can denote someone who speaks too much, and can be untruthful. They can be greedy, too. A normal Mercury mount means you are thoughtful, versatile, with lots of interests. These people tend to be great in business and able to read others well. A low mount of Mercury shows someone who is shy, unable to communicate, and may not make a lot of money.
The Luna (or Moon) mount runs along the outside of your palm. It starts underneath your little finger, and runs along the side of your hand. The Moon is a sign of imagination, creativity and emotion.
A high Moon mount points to someone who lives so much in their imagination that it crowds out all sense of reality. If you have a well-defined Moon mount, you have extraordinary creative abilities. You love the arts, are compassionate, and have psychic abilities. A low or flat Moon mount denotes someone who lives in her head, but doesn’t share it with others. She may be a bit of a loner, with pessimistic tendencies.
Photo by Nina Ahn.
Large thumbs belong to people who are opinionated workaholics with high energy and plenty of self-control. If your thumb bends towards your palm, you can be a little cold and indifferent. A thumb which bends outwards demonstrates a generous nature. A thumb that is bent out and backwards is called a “killer’s thumb” — hey, I didn’t make it up!
Long fingers show someone who is anxious, delicate, good-looking and well-mannered. Short fingers belong to the impatient, creative and highly-sexed! Pointed fingers denote someone who is well-intentioned, but scatterbrained.
Long fingernails mean you are kind and you’re good at keeping secrets! If they’re long and thin, you are quite psychic, and easily annoyed! Long, large fingernails mean you are shy and a bit of a hermit.
Almond-shaped fingernails belong to people who are sweet, kind and extremely diplomatic.
Rectangular fingernails denote someone who is practical and logical. You like things to be explained, and you always wear sensible shoes.
Short fingernails show someone who is critical and sarcastic. Extremely short fingernails mean you have no self-control whatsoever! If your nails are short and large, you are sad, depressed easily and a little unstable. Short, straight nails belong to those who are filled with envy. Short, rounded nails mean you are a bit judgmental and love to gossip… !
Photo by Daniel Minnick.
The Palmistry Room at Psychic Library has a great and in-depth primer on palm reading.
This pieces goes into more detail on the individual fingers of the hand, as well as the thumb.
Here’s some more information on the Earth, Air, Fire and Water hand shapes.
Palmistry on Wikipedia is a pretty brilliant resource, too!
I hope this little overview has inspired you to give it a go. Let me know how you get on with reading your palm (and those of your friends, too)! Tweet me with your discoveries!
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