Palmistry, sometimes called cheiromancy, may have originated in India as an offshoot of Hindu astrology. From there, the practice was carried over to China, Greece, Persia, northern Africa, and Europe. Though authorities attempted to suppress the practice of palmistry in western Europe, it experienced a resurgence during the 1800s as western occultists attempted to revive the art of telling a person’s future by reading the lines of their palm. One particularly good portent is the presence of a letter “M,” formed by the intersection of the life line, head line, heart line, and fate line.
The meaning of the “M” marking can vary slightly depending on the interpretation by the palmist conducting the reading. Overall, it’s considered a sign that the bearer is particularly intuitive and lucky. They make excellent business partners, are good at seeing through deception, and attract good fortune and abundant wealth easily.
These characteristics seem to be particularly strong for women. Even when comparing a man and a woman side-by-side, both of whom have the “M,” the woman will generally be the most intuitive of the two. People with this sign generally excel in careers that require ambition, motivation and seeing through deception.
Among occult practitioners, the “M” sign is believed to mean more than just luck and intuition- people with it are said to have a particular facility for magic and the occult. Many ancient prophets and mystics are said to have had “Lucky M” signs.
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To determine if a person has the “Lucky M,” relax the hand and look directly in the center of the palm. The lifeline is the line curving around the base of the thumb, the headline originates at or near the top of the lifeline and runs across the palm horizontally, the heart line curves beneath the bases of the fingers, and the fate line generally runs straight from the base of the ring finger down toward the wrist. Together, they should form the rough shape of a tilted letter “M.” Not all palmists agree on which hand should be used for reading- some maintain that only the dominant hand should be used while others claim that the dominant hand shows someone’s outward personality while the non-dominant hand reflects their emotions and inner self. The “M” may be present on one, both, or neither hand.
Can the presence of an “M” formed by interlocking palm lines really mean good luck and wealth? There are plenty of people- palmists and laypeople alike- who claim so. Whether one believes in the truth of a palm reading or not, palmistry is still a fascinating art that has managed to survive thousands of years of reinterpretation, appropriation, and suppression.