7 things palm reading has taught me about life

Online palm reading Q&A from Philocalist.

I fully understand that palm reading is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I think this is often because it is seen as a cheap gimmick. I don’t blame people for thinking this. Having grown up just outside of Blackpool, I remember seeing the tacky ‘psychic reader’ signs along the beach front and thinking ‘what a load of rubbish‘.

But do you wanna know what the real secret is? Everyone can palm read. The words don’t come from the reader, they come from the lines on your hand. Palm readers are simply translators, not ‘gifted’.

I’ve been palm reading for 10 years now and I usually start a session by dispelling the myths. A palm reading won’t tell you the future. It won’t tell you if you’re going to get married or when you’re going to pass, but it will give you an insight into personal traits and lived experiences that shape your life going forward.

‘with a pinch of salt’

I started palm reading out of pure curiosity. I was 15 and suffering from ‘what if‘ syndrome. In a previous blog post I’ve spoken about my desire to escape my hometown and I guess this feeds into it. I must have been desperate for a glimpse into the future to see if I had a hope.

Initially I practiced on myself, but soon moved on to friends.

It wasn’t until I reached university that I started putting my knowledge to good use. Admittedly, palm reading was an icebreaker. Something that could be a bit of a party trick for people who were not spiritually inclined. I’d tell people to ‘take it with a pinch of salt’ because I was just telling them what I saw in the lines, I didn’t necessarily believe in it wholeheartedly at the time.

So what changed my mind about taking palm reading seriously?

An ex-flatmate was hosting a dinner party at my old apartment and needed to keep her pals occupied between courses. Her co-workers gathered around the coffee table and we got down to palm reading. There was one girl in particular, she had faint lines so I was a little shaky with my delivery and didn’t feel completely confident. ‘These lines pointing down here say you’re naive, is there something you’re not paying enough attention to?’ I asked.

‘Naive! No, I’m not Naive!’ She exclaimed and turned to her friends as if to back her up. I had clearly touched a nerve and told her that perhaps because the lines were faint and I was struggling she should ‘take it with a pinch of salt‘. The rest of my session was fine and I had some spot on readings for the other guests, but I was a little hung up on the naive comment.

I can’t be too sure of timelines, but it must have been about five weeks later when my flatmate came to me with some news. The girl who I accused of being naive had found out that her boyfriend had a 2-year-old child with someone else and was continuing to see the mother.
I didn’t want to say ‘I told you so’… but girl your palm doesn’t lie!

It was then that I realised – your palm won’t tell you direct answers, but it will steer you in the right direction. There’s a reason palm reading has been around for so many years, much like numerology and astrology. It’s just a shame it has a bad reputation.

What palmistry has taught me over the years


People are more resilient than you expect
There’s a specific marking that represents ‘mental crisis’. Whilst this sounds vague, when you begin talking to a client they usually open up about the emotional struggles that have defined them. The mark signifies that the event has had a profound impact on them and in most cases, people carry it with them throughout their life.

It’s always a humbling experience to see this side of people and a harsh reminder that everyone has their own story. These marks really are a testament to someones ability to ‘keep calm and carry on’ for better or worse.


Smiling on the outside doesn’t make you happy on the inside
I remember reading the palm of one of my most positive and successful friends. On the outside she’s bright and bubbly; you’d never expect her to have down days.

If the love line is high it can mean you have a tight reign on your emotions, but that doesn’t mean you haven’t been through emotional struggles. This was the first thing I noticed about her palm. The reading helped her open up and discuss issues she wouldn’t usually confront.


People are too focused on the negatives
I can talk to someone about positive forces at play, the angel of luck and their amazing ability to ask and receive; yet all they want to know is if there’s anything bad. A palm reading shows you nothing good or bad, it’s a matter of interpretation. It’s up to you how you reflect on the information given.

That said, people still focus closely on the negatives. Obsessively so in some cases.


You are not defined by fate
I see clients every 6 months. I read their palm, we chat, they let loose and then we build things back up together. We create action plans based on the behavioral issues discovered within the palm.

Palm reading is there to give you a heads up, to counsel you through the big decisions and help you understand why you’ve taken the path you have – and ultimately how all this can guide you in the future. Once you’ve got that information, it’s up to you. You have the power.

For example, I might see that you have a tendency to swap roles and job hop but that doesn’t mean you’ll always be that way. You might hear that information and choose to discover what truly works for you.

Or perhaps I’ll say to you, you’re impulsive and jealous. Upon hearing that you can confront your issues or pretend they don’t exist. Just don’t come to me for relationship advice 6 months later when you’ve wrongly accused your partner of cheating on you.


People don’t always like what they hear
Obviously my earlier example from the dinner party matches this perfectly. People simply don’t want to admit their own faults.

Palm reading can be all kinds of awkward. Imagine sitting across from a friend and telling them that they’re too impulsive or that they have a wandering eye that’s going to cause them trouble in love. It’s nothing personal. I’m simply translating the lines, but some people take it as if what I’m saying is my own opinion of them.


Literally no one has their shit together
Palm reading is therapy. People will tell you their deepest feelings, fears and desires once they trust you. I’m yet to meet someone who truly has everything figured out. Whilst this may seem bleak, I choose to see it as a comforting. It reminds me not to compare myself to anyone else as you never really know what’s going on behind the scenes.


Rarely do people trust their instincts
I find myself telling people things they already know, which in a way is a good thing because that means I’m having a good reading! On the other hand, people need to trust their instincts more. If you already know you’re having a personal issue and you’re avoiding it, a stern word from your therapist or palm reader won’t help you. Only you have the power to change yourself. Believe me, I’ve seen people experience an NDE and still continue with their shitty habits. A palm reading will help you uncover your shortcomings but it’s certainly not going to do the work for you.

Moving to online palm readings

I love being able to chat with a client over a coffee, reading between the lines together. Going digital was a big step for me. As mentioned, palm reading is almost like therapy – but therapy is a two way street. I wanted to be able to give a similar experience online with PDF readings.

An online reading just gives you the basics. Instead of discussing the lines, you’re left part of the puzzle open to interpretation. Palm readings often create more questions than they answer, so if you’re just curious and don’t have time for a full session an online reading might be able to point you in the right direction.

It’s exciting to try something new. I’ve no doubt that this new method is going to continue teaching many more things.

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26 Comments

  1. Jessica Taylor
    January 10, 2018 / 2:52 pm

    I have always wanted to do a palm reading, but never knew where to start! The whole thing seems so interesting to me.

  2. January 10, 2018 / 2:57 pm

    I was brought up in a very conservative Christian home where Palm Reading and anything psychic related was banned. So I really don’t know anything at all about it. I will say that I love the memes you chose. 🙂 I used to sneak and watch Sabrina growing up!

    • Jess - Actual Philocalist
      January 10, 2018 / 3:07 pm

      Hey Joanna :),
      My sister is a born-again Christian so I totally understand. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Thanks for taking the time to read the post though!

  3. January 10, 2018 / 5:10 pm

    I want to have a reading done, I don’t think I would overreact if I hear anything wrong or bad but maybe I probably would lol. I am always interested in palm readings and psychics.

  4. January 10, 2018 / 7:45 pm

    How interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever tried palm reading before, but I’d be open to it. It sounds neat.

    Haha, I love the GIFS. Salem the Cat is too cute.

  5. January 10, 2018 / 7:50 pm

    Is it true that you read different palms, either right or left, depending on gender?

    • Jess - Actual Philocalist
      January 11, 2018 / 1:06 pm

      Hey Suzanne,
      I’ve never heard that one before :)!
      I read the dominant hand, so whichever you use to write – the hand which leads you. The other hand reflects the traits you’ve been born with and can be used to see what you’re holding on to from your upbringing. I tend to just focus solely on the dominant hand though as it produces the most accurate prompts.

  6. January 10, 2018 / 8:32 pm

    how interesting! never really got into this but now u got me curious! looks fun too!

  7. January 10, 2018 / 11:55 pm

    I’m not big on palm reading myself but this was an interesting post. Plus who doesn’t love Salem? 🙂

  8. Jeanette Radmall
    January 11, 2018 / 12:49 am

    I have always wanted to try plan reading. I just haven’t found a reputable fit. Thanks for the tips and I’m glad you had a good experience.

  9. January 11, 2018 / 5:38 am

    Happy to come across your post. I am a Certified Angel Card Reader, but I am yet to go professional. Your article gave me many valuable insights.

  10. January 11, 2018 / 10:45 am

    “Smiling on the outside doesn’t make you happy on the inside” This is so true!
    Palm reading is something I’ve always wanted to try but never really got the chance to, same with tarots.

    • Jess - Actual Philocalist
      January 12, 2018 / 9:17 am

      Hey Marxie,
      It’s so true isn’t it! I think people are far to quick to think other’s have taken the ‘easy route’ without understanding what goes on behind the scenes. I’ve always been a little spooked by tarot cards if I’m honest! I know a few people who work with them and swear by them though. I definitely think they can be used in the same way as palmistry – more like a counselling session. Maybe I could interview a friend who knows more for a blog post further down the line :)!

  11. January 11, 2018 / 12:03 pm

    This is really cool. I also thought of palm reading as a load of hooey, but was interested in learning more. I love how it evolves into a therapy session!

  12. January 11, 2018 / 6:22 pm

    lol i love salem the cat. my cat Magic looks just like him. palm reading is so interesting

  13. January 11, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    I’ve never had my palm read but this is so interesting. I’ve always wondered what palm reading actually is. I’m a Baptist and we don’t visit psychics but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to learn about other beliefs.

    • Jess - Actual Philocalist
      January 12, 2018 / 9:06 am

      Thanks Terri! This is exactly what I was hoping for. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but hopefully people will have learnt something from this post :).

  14. January 11, 2018 / 10:48 pm

    That is so cool that you are a palm reader! I’ve always found it fascinating and would love to try it!

  15. Amber S.
    January 12, 2018 / 2:30 pm

    Palm reading is not compatible with my faith, but I always enjoy learning things about others, and the knowledge they have to share!

  16. January 12, 2018 / 11:32 pm

    That seems interesting… I love palm reading and would love to give it a try to know more about myself 😀

  17. January 13, 2018 / 1:42 pm

    So I know someone who went to multiple different palm readings and each of those people absolutely refused to do it on him and thought he was so evil that they asked him to leave immediately. Lol sounds kinda silly, but that’s some serious stuff! For that reason, I’ve been reluctant to go do a palm reading. Your article here though is pretty compelling and honestly makes me want to go try it once! Thank you for the clarifications and optimism!!

    • Jess - Actual Philocalist
      January 15, 2018 / 1:11 pm

      Hey Shawna!
      How bizarre! I see that as people being a bit rude to your friend. Personally for me I don’t think a palm reading tells you if the person is ‘good’ or ‘bad’, so I’m not too sure why a reader would label your friend in such a way. Maybe they were tapping into something else? It’s such a shame they were treated this way. I hope your friend’s experience doesn’t put you off exploring further.

  18. Blair villanueva
    January 14, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    I haven’t tried any palm reading, and it is intriguing to know what would be the reading for me. Wishing that my palm would speak a better fortune for me.

  19. January 14, 2018 / 10:42 pm

    I myself have dabbled in palm reading. If really is interesting. For sure people don’t want to hear about their faults. I always tried to end all my readings on a positive note.

  20. January 16, 2018 / 10:33 am

    I think palm reading is great and if you find someone who knows their stuff, in can be insightful too. I think you one needs to be open to it to be able to help guide their decisions.

  21. January 19, 2018 / 9:30 am

    Palm reading is actually really interesting. I tried to have one before. It’s a bit scary but it makes you a bit relieve after knowing what future holds for you.

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