|My left palm|
|My right palm|
Recently, a client posed a question about the meaning of the lines in the palms of their hand. Since this seemed to be a question of palmistry, I consulted (for the first real time) a number of palmistry texts to find an appropriate answer. While researching this, I decided to try and find an answer to a question I have had my entire life about the lines in my own hands. On my left hand, I have what appear to be the very common and traditional three major lines. They are identified in palmistry as the "Life Line" (wrapping around the base of the thumb), the "Head Line" running horizontally across the center of the palm, and the "Heart Line" running horizontally closest to the base of most of the fingers. However, on my right hand, I only have two lines - the Life Line and a very strong Head Line. The Heart Line is absent. Ever since I was a child, I always thought it was a bit odd. None of my other friends had this discrepancy of three lines in one hand and only two in the other. What did it mean?
I finally found my answer - in palmistry of all places! No, it doesn't mean that I am heartless! It means my Head and Heart Lines are merged in a rare condition called a "Simian Crease" (a term now considered a it perjorative because it references the simple hand crease found in monkeys and apes) otherwise known by its more technical name "Single Transverse Palmar Crease." It can be found on one or both hands and is often genetic. In palmistry language, the Simian Crease means the Heart and Head lines have merged and become indistinguishable. People with this crease have merged their emotions and their intellectual aspects as one. For me, this is especially true. I would take it a step further and suggest that my right and left brain functions are also heavily merged and operate in synch. It is the basis of my moniker "The Skeptical Psychic."
Even more interestingly, this two-line Simian Crease in the palm of my right hand has very definite medical and genetic connotations. First of all, it is quite rare. Depending upon what sources you read, it only occurs in 1.5 to 4 percent of the population. Men are more than twice as likely than women to have the Simian Crease. It occurs mostly among Asian and Native American peoples. Roughly half of all people with Down Syndrome have this crease. Furthermore, the crease often associated with any number of abnormal medical conditions affecting the normal growth or function of the chromosomes. These include: 1) fetal alcohol syndrome, Down Syndrome (chromosome 21), Cri du Chat Syndrome (chromosome 5), Klinefelter Syndrome, Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, Noonan Syndrome (chromosome 12), Patau Syndrome (chromosome 13), Edwards syndrome (chromosome 18), Aarskog-Scott Syndrome (X-lined recessive), Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency-2 (autosomal recessive disorder), Nevoid Basal Cell Carcinoma Syndrome and Robinow Syndrome (chromosome 9 mutation). I looked up these medical conditions and most result in severe learning disabilities and heart deformities among other things.
Speaking as a female, without a drop of Asian or Native American blood, without any history of chromosomal disease, learning disability or heart deformities, this makes me fairly unusual.
Then I read the Simian crease is also linked to a number of psychological conditions. These include: delinquent behavior (a higher than average number of criminals in prison populations have this crease at a rate of nearly 3 times greater!), hyperactivity, neuroticism and schizophrenia. No, I have never spent any time in prison or been accused of criminal wrongdoing! The closest I ever got was when, as an attorney, I represented criminals briefly while doing criminal defense work early on in my career! The only thing I might ever be accused of might be a bit of neuroticism... nothing unusual!
I returned to the books of palmistry and discovered my only identifiable reality. I read the Simian crease is considered a "gift marker" - of a special gift - that of "intensity of focus" (with its "shadow side" of feeling misunderstood). Since I cannot seem to find any other common or logical reason why I have this Simian Crease, this rationale seems to be the most accurate of all. I am intensely focused as a human being. And, yes, I often feel misunderstood. I guess palmistry works!