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Thumb Tip Shape Meanings in Palmistry

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Thumb Tip Shapes in Palmistry

The thumb tip has great value in reading hands; you can glance at a person’s hand and quickly get a general idea of their energy, drive, and basic temperament. So the tip of the thumb is a crucial part of character awareness, particularly in situations where one is meeting someone for the first time. In most business or personal situations, people shake hands to introduce themselves, what a perfect opportunity to glance at the thumb!

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round thumb tip

The round thumb tip is the most common shape for the tip of the thumb and characterizes an open-minded, adaptable, warm-hearted and creative personality. (They are quick thinkers, but sometimes also quick-tempered). The powers of awareness and insight are abundant, and so they often rely on their instincts when making decisions.


A bulbous tip can also be seen as spatulate. It has a noticeably thick top phalange, depicting temper and plenty of vitality (provided it is not soft and flabby). These people can be passionate and enthusiastic, but they are capable of holding back some of this vigour and suddenly doing something impulsive, especially if the tip is much shorter than the second phalange.

  • They are a perfectionist, determined and rather assertive.
  • If with thick fingers and an excessively large Mount of Venus, they are unrefined, obstinate and obsessive.
  • In relationships, a bulbous tip is not well-matched with a soft flat one, as they are inclined to drain their valuable energy.


This shape is classically called the ‘murderers’ thumb, due to its crude look, more like a big toe. While this representation is just a bit exaggerated, it does denote a buildup of energy in an otherwise small section of the thumb. It suggests unconscious and impulsive behaviour, and a short tip tells of a lack of willpower.

So, it may be possible to consider that this shaped thumb formed naturally during a period when the person required willpower or drive. However, once passion became a part of their life, they became very set to succeed towards their goal; the short tip gradually became bulbous. The energy to achieve their desire affected the power of will, hence the over-developed tip.


The thumb which has a pointed tip is when the top phalange tapers and is clearly narrower than the bottom section.

  • If only slightly pointed, they are naturally inspired, intuitive and creative.
  • The more pointed the thumb is, the touchier they are (easily offended or taking things the wrong way).
  • They can be dreamy and idealistic, but also impulsive and somehow adept at manipulating others (passive-aggressive).
  • With a pointed thumb tip that is also bulbous, depicts an aggressive nature.


A spatulate tip widens at the top phalange. The difference between the spatulate and the bulbous is that the tip is flatter. It represents someone with a sense of adventure, energy, and exceptional manual dexterity.

  • They are innovative, self-confident, down to earth and sporty.
  • If not thick, a craftsman who is good with their hands, creative and original.
  • If the spatulate tip is also bulbous, it shows obsessiveness and a perfectionist.

The owner of spatulate tips will seldom be compatible with someone who has a flat or pointed tip on the thumb.


The flat tipped thumb belongs to a nervous person. It can also denote a shortage of energy or reduced current level of fitness, especially if it is also soggy. To test the degree of vitality available, press the tip to see if it bounces back quickly. If it is slow to spring back, the energy levels are low. These people do, however, have a keen mental insight and ability to motivate (or manipulate) others. They enjoy the union of people but it shows a highly-strung personality, especially if with many lines all over the hand.


The square thumb tip denotes practicality, honesty, sensibility, and reliability. It shows a level-headed, law-abiding and organized person. They are serious about their work but can lack creativity or flexibility. They might find it difficult to adapt to changes unless the tip is also supple.


conic thumb shape

The conic shape has a slightly pointed tip, so it is often difficult to figure out. With the conic shape, the whole of the thumb tip does not appear pointed. People of this type are dreamy, sensitive, often artistic and receptive but somewhat impulsive. They like to make a good impression on the public but are not too concerned about it in their private life. If wide at the joint, they can be obstinate or argumentative.

Learn about the thumb tip and the meanings of the various shapes, see the video here.

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Excerpt from Destiny Palmistry Character Awareness

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