Hello, I’m Ellen Goldberg and welcome to “The Language of the Hand.” In this segment, we are going to talk about the seven mounds or seven archetypes of the palm. The mound of hand is are the pads of flesh that rise along the map of our life and of our personality. They’re different in every hand. These seven types are named after the seven planets of the ancients, or perhaps could be after the seven Roman gods and goddesses of the same name. But I think the planets came first. These mounds show by their development which parts of the brain are really fertile. And by knowing which part of the brain is really fertile and strongest, you can tell hundreds of things about a person because traits cluster together in the brain.
So once you identify the most prominent types (and we’re going to have a segment coming up on that very shortly), you can know so many things about an individual. The seven mounds, as you can see in this illustration, starting with the index finger are: the mound of Jupiter, right under the index finger; the middle finger, the mound of Saturn;the ring finger, which is called the finger of Apollo, and is over the mound of Apollo, which sometimes looks like a double mound, sometimes it’s like two little matching filets right there in the palm. And then the smallest finger - but a very powerful finger - is the pinky, which belongs to Mercury and the mound of Mercury. Across the center of the palm like a band all the way across is the mound of Mars. Let me put in these mounds, but I’m going to use the astrological symbols for them for shorthand, but you can get the names off of the illustration. Jupiter, Saturn, Apollo, and Mercury. The fingers and the mounds under them work together and their natural line of demarcation is the heart line.
The whole center band of the hand belongs to Mars. And, even though it has three parts, we basically deal with two. We’ve got lower Mars, because it’s just below the lifeline, and upper Mars, because it’s often just above the headline. Then, we've got Venus, the whole entire ball of the thumb – the single largest area given to any mound of the hand because love makes the world go‘round and the hand makes a lot of room for love. And here in the bottom corner, we have the mound of the moon, the mound of Luna. These personality patterns, which are called archetypal patterns, are patterns that have been with us since the dawn of time. That’s why they’re called archetypal. Although they were first defined by I believe it was Plato, it was the Swiss psychiatrist and pioneer of work with the unconscious Carl Jung who brought this idea of archetypes to modern attention. What it means is that certain patterns and types of people have been present with us in every society in the world from the dawn of time and whether you are in a primitive tribe or in a sophisticated urban city, these types show up: the warrior, the priest or priestess, the lover, the intellectual, the trickster, the holy one, the leader. These different types, in variation,are always present. In fact, the way Jung said that he defined an archetype was that it was a memory deposit.
They are patterns that are repeated so often since the dawn of time that they became a memory deposit in the collective unconscious – that’s the deepest part of our mind in which we are connected to all the rest of the world. And so, when we are born, they are already within us. And, they’re in the hand, these seven archetypes. But in different proportion for everyone. Some people have one archetype that is so strong that you know that they are the pure archetype and that all the traits associated with that archetype belong to them. However, most of the time, we are a combination. And, as I have said,reading a hand is a little bit the way a good cook reads a recipe book. You know these ingredients, and when you see them together, you get a feeling for how they might be. So, it gives you an idea of the personality. What will these archetypes tell us? They’re going to tell us about their personalities, their lifestyle, their romantic tendencies, what kind of work they would be good at, um, do they like family life, what their health concerns are – there’s endless amounts of information there and so by identifying the archetype, you can see what kind of life would be the most satisfying for a person.