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.
As stated several times already, in the appellation of Fingers,. Palmistry does not include the Thumb, which is honored with a separate and distinct treatment as playing; a considerable part in the economy of the hand.
There are, therefore, only Four Fingers to Palmistic Hands; they are designated as follows, the first name being the One I use exclusively through this work:
The First Finger, or Index, or Finger of Jupiter.
The Second Finger, or Middle Finger (Medius), or Finger of Saturn.
The- Third Finger, or Ring Finger (Annularius), or Finger of Apollo,
The- Fourth Finger, or Little Finger (Auricularius), or Finger of Mercury.
In examining Fingers we are naturally called upon to observe, I. Their Position. II. Their Length.
And this Chapter will therefore be divided Into these three heads, with proper subdivisions, separating such indications as refer to All the Fingers and those that pertain to Each Finger by Itself.
Fingers set evenly on a line above the mounts are said to indicate success. An absolutely even line is very seldom met with, and would not be either natural or pretty.
Any finger set below the others loses some of its power.
The First finger "low-Set" reduces the size of the Mount of Jupiter and gives awkwardness in social mutters, often caused by an unfortunate combination of conceit and ignorance. (See chapter on Mounts.)
The Second finger is seldom displaced; to some extent, owing to its position in the middle (counting the Thumb as a fifth finger), it acts as a sort of balancing pole.
If the Third finger is set below the second finger, the qualities revealed by the former will be prevented by circumstances from full cultivation.
The Fourth finger "low-set" - Circumstances are against the subject, and his life will be a struggle. The subject will lack much of the influential cleverness that characterizes the fourth finger when high-placed and long.
First Finger. Toward Thumb - Great desire for independence.
Toward the Second Finger - Morbid pride.
Toward the First Finger - Superstitious sadness.
Toward the Third Finger - Less morbidity.
Toward the Second Finger - Morbid ■
Toward the Fourth Finger - Art practiced solely for the money there is in it Fourth Finger. Toward the Third Finger - Science and art happily blended; or business ability happily blended with artistic aptitudes.
Showing no light between - Meanness of disposition; avarice.
Showing light between - Inquisitive-ness; the greater the amount of light the more intemperate the curiosity.
This seems in contradiction with the theory of the Knots, On that account I pay but little attention to this ancient tradition.
When pronounced they indicate:
Between First Finger and Thumb - Generosity.
Between First and Second Fingers - Independence of thought.
Between Second and Third Fingers - Thoughtlessness of the future. "Happy-go-lucky" disposition.
Between Third and Fourth Fingers -
Independence of action; Bohemian ism.
All the Fingers falling apart easily - Unconventionally.
If they keep close together most of the time - Stiffness in intercourse with others.
One Finger coining forward prominently - The quality or defect represented by that finger will be uppermost in the subject's nature.
3. Bent and Flexibility of the Fingers-Bent is the natural position when the subject does not know he is observed. Flexibility is only judged by touch.
Bent forward - Avarice; meanness; excess of prudence; cowardice.
Bent backward - Unconventional instincts; jovial disposition; talkativeness. Stiff - Practical nature; rather conventional; sometimes hard and unyielding disposition.
Flexible - Still more Bohemian disposition; inquisitiveiiess; no idea of the value of money.