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Thumb Angle Meanings in Palmistry

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When you think about palmistry, you probably straight away look at your palm. But palmistry is much more than just looking at the lines on the hand; All the hand features, such as the thumb angle, size, finger length, etc., help understand the character and to read the palm.

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The thumb angle meanings in palmistry help us to learn more about the character. If you are interested in analysing hands for personal reasons or are a life coach, therapist or healer, studying the hands can allow you to add additional means to your range of work. You can give your clients more insight and clarity for finding and attaining their highest ability to reach goals.

Looking at the thumb is easy because it is generally in full view of the hand (unlike the palm lines). The first thing that might stand out when looking at the thumb is whether it is set high or low on the palm. A typical location of the thumb is when the inside is positioned halfway down the hand, indicating a reasonable amount of generosity, ego, intellect and mindfulness. It shows a balance of the physical and mental.

A low-set thumb is when the inside of the thumb is below halfway on the hand, closer to the wrist. It portrays a sensible and open-minded person with a down-to-earth outlook on life. It also shows a manually able, practical person.

wide or narrow thumb angle


The angle measures from the space between the thumb and the edge of the palm. When the angle is average, it is approximately between 45 and a 70-degree angle to the palm. A low-set thumb usually has a wide angle, and a high-set thumb has a narrow one.

This standard aspect shows a healthy, responsible attitude with positive leadership qualities. It shows a relaxed, forthright and self-confident character. The subject is neither secretive nor overly open; these types are generous and giving.


When the angle of the thumb is tight, 30 degrees or less and close to the palm rather than opening away from it, it suggests a much quieter, untrusting or guarded personality. They can be selfish and narrow-minded (look to the head line to see if it too is close to the heart line.)

When looking at compatibility in relationships, someone with a narrow-angle thumb would not appreciate the recklessness of the very broad type.

With a thumb close to the palm, it relates to a somewhat timid and introverted person. Mostly intellectually inclined, often a specialist in their field. They are naturally secretive. The thumb tucked into the palm is a sign of apathy or depression. The narrow-angle traits can be offset if the thumb is also flexible (bending backwards).


When it opens to a wide angle, it is mainly found on the low set kind and suggests a more open, generous and giving nature. They are confident, down-to-earth, and adventurous. However, an angle that is 90 degrees or more denotes an overly flexible or reckless nature. While they can be very enthusiastic about matters, they may be so carefree that they become negligent or irresponsible. Depending on other features, there might be less mental staying power and more physical energy. A rigid thumb challenges these qualities, as well as having an unmarked head line and a broad, long life line.

angle of practicality and angle of rhythm


If the rhythm angle is at the palm’s base below the thumb. Noticeably angled (a visible bump) shows a person with a good sense of rhythm, including rhythms with their hands, such as a guitarist, drummer, tennis player or just someone good at working with rhythmic jobs.


The angle of practicality is where the thumb joins the palm. The larger the bump, the more practical they are. This type of thumb shows a hands-on person who is efficient, realistic and useful. It also depicts the sense of timing, whether in music or merely being punctual. They are commonly seen together with the angle of rhythm.

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