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• Simple Arch
• Ulna & Radial Loops
• Double Loop Composite
• Tented Arch
• Whorl
• Peacock's Eye

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People with whorls are often highly original and effective individuals. They are independent, freedom loving, self-motivated and often highly talented. Whorls are the most aware of their individuality, often to the point of being too individualistic. They resist being influenced by others and have a strong dislike of interference from others, and will actively rebel if they are restricted or hampered in any way. Most of all, they have a strong need for personal autonomy. They have a strong desire to be self-sufficient and self-contained, independent of all others. Hence they tend to be their own person rather than one of the crowd. This contributes to why they can be original - they like to be different!

Frequently they do indeed feel 'different' and often this can cause them to be something of a loner. They never lose their sense of individuality, and this sometimes results in an inability to mix with others. Even if they do mix with others, they are still aware of themselves as individuals and find it difficult to adapt to group identities. Most often they will relate to others in an individual, one to one manner, usually picking out other individuals (ie, other whorl types) from any group to which they belong. Otherwise, there can be a great love of solitude. Their solitary nature often results in a feeling of being 'out of place' or alienated from others. They often feel that they are completely misunderstood by others and because of this they often suffer the feeling that they don't really 'belong'.

The presence of whorls also indicates a thoughtful and analytical disposition. They usually have clearly formed opinions about things and because they brook no interference from others can be rather fixed in their attitudes. Whorls like to be their own boss and hence are drawn to work that involves self-employment or work that gives them a position of control and autonomy. When working for others, they must need have their own niche where they have control and can act without reference to others. They need to express their individuality and thus must have the freedom to do so. They rarely express themselves in a subordinate manner, which sometimes can appear to be arrogance, and their need for autonomy and control is such that they like to organise things with themselves at the centre.

Many whorled people can be very difficult people to get along with. They can be very much a law unto themselves and often have an inward disregard of others and the society in which they live. They are only adaptable if they want to be, and being much less tied by convention, they are only conventional and law-abiding just so long as it suits them to be so - and just so long as it doesn't cause undue interference with what they want to do. The more whorls on the hand, the more the individual will reject society and live in another dimension - in a 'whorled' of their own. Whilst they can appear isolated or self-preoccupied, they usually also possess some quite unique and original talent by which they can be distinguished. For the whorl is the mark of the individualist, someone always busily finding their own niche in life.

Peacock's Eye

The peacock's Eye, or compound, is really a variant pattern from the whorl and thus carries with it much of the same meaning. The pattern is one of a whorl inside a loop, and this perhaps suggests that the qualities it represents are somewhat softer than the pure whorl type. The water element nature of the loop makes the peacock's eye pattern a little more adaptable.

The peacock's eye is only really common on the Fire finger. Indian palmistic traditions attributes this marking as a sign of protection from danger and death, and indeed its owners often do indeed have tales to tell of how they had a lucky escape from potentially fatal situations such as accidents and disasters! Perhaps this can be understood because the whorl pattern is 'protected' by being located inside the loop, given that the fire element is the natural ruler of accidents and danger! Whatever, the best way to interpret the peacock's eye is along much the same lines as the whorl - the presence of the kernel of the whorl is sufficient to differentiate this pattern from the ordinary loop pattern.