Dermatoglyphs is the study of the skin ridges
in our hands. The word is made up of two parts -- "derma"
meaning skin and "glyphs" meaning carving. When we talk about
Dermatoglyphs we are mainly concerned with the fingerprints,
though on some hands there are glyphs to be found on the palm
Your fingerprints are fully formed 16 weeks
after conception, a full 5 months before you enter the world,
and they will never change.
Each fingerprint is composed of between
50 and 100 lines. Though no 2 fingerprints are exactly alike,
prints can be classified into one of 4 major types: the whorl,
the loop, the arch and the tented arch. There are also 2 subtypes
of the whorl. The peacock looks exactly like the name suggests,
like the eye on a peacock tail feather. The composite resembles
a yin/yang symbol, 2 loops swirling around each other.
In general, a preponderance of a particular
type of fingerprint can tell you about the basic temperament
of the subject.
People with many whorls on their hands like to be in charge.
They are often deep thinkers and may be dogmatic in their
viewpoints. The whorl can be associated with the element of
This is the most common fingerprint. It demotes flexibility
and a dislike for routine. Subjects with many loops may display
an emotional nature. The loop can be associated with the element
Arches on the fingertips can indicate someone who has trouble
expressing their emotions. The owner of these fingerprints
can be practical in nature and may find change to be unwelcome.
The arch can be associated with the element of Earth.
This print is usually found only on the index finger, though
I have seen one hand where they appeared on the middle and
ring fingers as well. This mark is a sign of a sensitive,
impulsive nature. People with tented arches may be seekers
of the truth and may tend toward perfectionism. The tented
arch can be associated with the element of Air.
Other Glyphs on the Hand
A common occurrence of a glyph on the palm may be found
between the fingers. A loop between the Mercury and Apollo
fingers is called the Loop of Humor. Having this loop indicates
a subject with an optimistic outlook and a good sense of humor.
A loop between Apollo and Saturn is called the Loop of Seriousness.
People with this loop exhibit common sense and may feel a
great sense of responsibility in their lives. Less common
is a loop between Saturn and Jupiter. Called the Rajah Loop,
it was once thought that this marking indicated descent from
royal lineage. One author has renamed this mark the Loop of
Charisma. It can be viewed as a mark of executive ability.