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Index Finger -
The Mirror
Middle Finger -
The Wall
Ring Finger -
The Peacock's Feather
Little finger -
The Antenna

The fingers provide a wonderfully rich reservoir of information in terms of an individual's psychology, motivations, drives and background.

The thumb and digits barely change in relation to each other through the life cycle. Subtle changes occur during early physical development and in old age when the fingers may collapse and bend with the onset of rheumatic conditions and bone shrinkage.

To measure the relative length of the fingers, it's important to make sure they're extending vertically from the body of the palm; any leaning will distort their natural balance.

The average and standard relative lengths of the fingers are: The index and ring fingers are of the same length (or with the index shorter by up to half a centimetre.

The middle finger's average length is for half it's top phalange to protrude between the digits either side.

The little finger's measure is for it to reach just below the crease line of the top phalange of the ring finger.

The fingers indicate aspects of distinct mental faculties, each one accounting for a large area of the cerebrum. They reveal a vast amount about our fundamental attitudes, our formative development and the roles we play in life.

The digits in palmistry have traditionally been allocated planetary names and attributes; namely those of Jupiter (index), Saturn (middle), Apollo (ring), and Mercury (little finger). In some schools the digits were each allocated an element: Water (index), Earth (middle), Fire (ring), and Air (little finger).

None of these labels are satisfactory or particularly appropriate in terms of the actual meanings and import of the digits.Both astrological and elemental systems were used as descriptive terms because of the particular metaphysical system prevailing in the historical time frame of the earliest palmists. The fingers represent aspects of the cerebral cortex relating to self-consciousness (index), values (middle), social expression (ring), and communication (little finger). As an easy method to remember the fingers meaning is to give them the labels of self (index) society (middle) status (ring) and speech (little finger).

A far more appropriate way to visualise the digits is to use the metaphors of the MIRROR of self-consciousness (index), the WALL of social and mental structures (middle), the PEACOCK'S FEATHER of persona (ring) and the ANTENNA of communication (little finger).

Any deviation of length (longer or shorter than average) or bend of any of the digits is highly significant and has enormous implications for an individual's psychological make up.