Learn about Palmistry - The Thumb
thumb is a very important feature of the hands because without it, no
matter what qualities are found in the rest of the hand, there would be
no driving force to push those qualities forward, nor any logic or
reasoning behind that willpower.
thumb represents action and can be considered as one of the most
important aspects of the whole hand revealing determination, will
power, logic and reasoning ability. No matter how many qualities are
seen from the rest of the hands, without the development of a strong
thumb, the qualities will amount to nothing. This is because the thumb
represents the driving force and determination to succeed. No matter
how creative, artistic or ambitious the nature, if the thumb is not
sufficiently developed, the person will be unable to drive those
qualities forward in a successful manner. Conversely if there are few
qualities within the nature, the strongly developed thumb will have
very little to drive forward.
average thumb will reach the middle of the base phalange on the index
finger, or when measured against the average little finger, will be
approximately equal in length. Any variation to this length will reveal
a long or a short thumb. The development of the human thumb, with it's
ability to oppose all four fingers, is what has allowed man to use his
hands in a way that no other animal can. The monkey's thumb resembles
the human thumb closely but is found to be short, weak and unable to
oppose all the other fingers. This fact separates man from any other
animal, giving him the power to exert some influence over his
when a strong powerful thumb is seen, it becomes obvious that the
person has will power and determination with the ability to exert some
kind of force in order to gain mastery of his life. The well developed
thumb can be regarded as the engine which represents the driving force
behind the personality, enabling the person to accomplish whatever
tasks are before him. Such a person feels he is in the driving seat,
controlling the route his life takes.
weak thumb reveals a person who is unable to push with the force of the
powerful thumb, feeling more at the mercy of fate, with little control
over external influences.
Two Phalanges of the Thumb
thumb can be divided into two individual phalanxes, the top nail
section, and below the crease, the lower, base phalanx. The mount of
Venus, surrounding the ball of the thumb may be considered the third
phalanx, representing the amount of love within the character while
exerting willpower and reasoning.
top phalanx represents a person's willpower and determination. If this
phalanx is long, at least equal in length to the other phalanx below
it, or longer, then the person will have strong willpower with the
necessary determination to push himself forward in order to influence
his environment and surroundings. He will be tenacious and clear
minded, with the ability to give orders and make decisions. Such a
person will be in charge and in control of his life and will feel able
to exert some influence over others. Most of all he will be capable of
turning ideas into action. A very long top phalanx reveals these
qualities in abundance with a strong, forceful personality revealing
staying power, determination and tenacity.
very short top phalanx reveals the absence of the qualities above.
There will be a lack of willpower and drive, with difficulty in making
decisions. The person may even show a careless and indifferent attitude
towards his life, be easily swayed by others, generally impressionable
and weak willed. He will always allow others to dominate him as he
feels he has no control over his own destiny. The most important aspect
of the short top phalanx is the inability to turn ideas into action.
Ruled by sentiment, this person will always prefer to be led by others.
Whatever qualities are found in the rest of the hand, the short, top
phalanx will ensure they will never come to much.
second phalanx of the thumb represents logic and reasoning ability.
When turning ideas into action using drive and willpower, as
represented by the top phalanx, it is preferable to have some kind of
logic or reasoning behind those actions. The second phalanx reveals the
ability to apply logic before carrying out any action. When the second
phalanx is long, there is plenty of logic behind the actions. This
person will think and plan carefully, working out the pros and cons
before carrying out any action. A short phalanx reveals that logic and
reasoning are not too apparent in the personality. Unable to plan
logically the person is likely to make quick, instinctive decisions on
the spur of the moment and may not always act with wisdom.
The Relationship between the phalanxes of the thumb
best combination to find is when the two phalanxes are equal in length,
because this would mean that will power and logic are in balance.
Behind every action will be the power of reason. However, you will
occasionally find thumbs that do not have this balance, with one of the
phalanxes being longer or shorter than the other.
the top (willpower) nail phalanx is longer than the lower (reasoning
and logic) phalanx willpower overshadows the ability to reason out an
action. This person is likely to act instinctively without giving
sufficient thought to the consequences of his actions. This sometimes
results in a stubborn nature with the willpower being exerted without
reason. The actions may appear determined, persistent but illogical and
The very thick top phalanx reveals a person who acts with brute force. In every action,
he will push his personality forward with a force that has no subtlety
or refinement, but with a determination that may appear obstinate,
passionate and maybe a little ruthless at times. This person may try to
rule and dominate others by sheer force of character with so much
strength in his actions and words that he is able to impress his views
on others very easily. Unable to control his strong passions, he will
attempt to dominate anyone who has a thinner top phalanx.
the top phalanx is so thick (particularly from the side view) that it
may appear bulbous, known by palmists as the murderer's thumb. While it may not make a person commit murder, it almost certainly reveals a person who can be extremely passionate, aggressive, ruthless and
cruel, and with other corresponding features in the hands, even a
little sadistic or violent. If the second phalanx is short in
comparison, there will be no logic or reasoning behind the actions.
Confrontation with such a person may not be wise
thumb that bends back easily from the top joint is known as a supple
thumb, and can reveal a person who is emotionally versatile and
adaptable, and one who is likely to be generous both with their time
and money. It the thumb is very flexible the person will be especially
generous with his time, easy to get to know - especially if the whole
thumb bends back easily away from the palm, adaptable and flexible but
possibly lacking in will power, and likely to be rather extravagant
when it comes to money matters.
diagram to the right demonstrates what palmists call a 'waisted'
thumb. Here, the second phalanx pulls inwards to form a waist, and
indicates a person who can be instinctive when making decisions, and
also one who is likely to demonstrate tact and diplomacy when dealing
with others. If the thumb is particularly waisted in its appearance,
and pulls in to a great degree, tact and diplomacy may be especially
well developed! Take care, this person could be as cunning as a fox,
and is more than aware of how to get round you! When no waisting is
seen at all, with the second phalanx of the thumb running straight up
and down, you are looking at a person who believes is
saying what he thinks, regardless of your feelings! What you see is
definitely what you get. If your partner doesn't like what you are
doing, they will tell you so, in no uncertain terms!