This section is from the book "The Practice Of Palmistry For Professional Purposes", by C. de Saint-Germain. Also available from Amazon: The Practice of Palmistry for Professional Purposes.
Inside puffincss of the third phalanges - Selfishness; laziness; love of good living, often carried to excess.
Third phalanges wasped or waistshaped - Daintiness in food and raiment; delicacy of mind.
In Palmistry, in the department called rhiroenomv, to which this Part Second of my present book is devoted, paramount importance is given to two distinct features in each finger:
First - The shape of the Tip of the first (or nailed) phalanx.
Second - The Existence or Absence of more or less visible Knots at the joints of the phalanges.
These two features have to be examined simultaneously to avoid useless repetitions. In other words, I shall give you, at one and the same time, my readings of the
Four lands of tips - Pointed, Conical, Square, Spatulate. in connection with - Smooth joints. first joint knotted, second joint knotted, both joints knotted.
Let me give you fuller definitions of the names applied to the various kinds of finger tips.
Pointed - The finger tapers from the root to the tip, where it ends in a decided point
Conical - The finger tapers from the lower joint to the tip, where it ends in a rounded, thimble-like cone.
Square - The finger preserves very nearly the same width from root to tip, where it ends sometimes in a decided square, but more generally in a semi-rounded square.
Spatulate - The finger continues the same width from the root to after the upper joint, where it widens and ends in the form of a druggist's spatula, more Or less pronounced.
The tips of the first phalanges show the type of the hand, and consequently the class to which it belongs. If they are:
Lines And Signs On The Mounts.
Pointed - The Subject imagines, but does not execute.
Conical - Reason and imagination blended.
Square - Reason is uppermost, rules alone.
Spatulatc - Execution without the gift of conception and little reasoning power.
The Upper Knot, called also "The Philosophical Knot" - Order in ideas.
The Lower Knot, called also "The Material Knot" - Order in material things.