Palm Friday

1st December 2000 at 00:00
Palmist Robin Lown reckons he can judge teachers - and others who use their hands for their work - by their palms. We let him read between the lines Long palm and shorter fingers show an independent, quick-thinking person. Many fine lines indicate fluctuating energy and emotion. Friendly, easy-going, determined and ambitious. Little finger spacing shows a sense of drama, in clothes and choice of colours. A self-critical individual with a strong sarcastic streak. The slight tilt of the palm area with a high positioned index finger indicates benevolence. She's self-sacrificing in relationships, or tries to avoid them knowing she can fall in love too easily.

She has the discipline and perseverance to use her hands in exact ways, like a surgeon, musician or hairdresser. A high achiever with the tendency to keep emotions in and work from her intellect. She may have won accolades at school in maths and science, and would make a good teacher in one of these subjects.

The thumb print shows she is indecisive but, like a good lawyer, able to see both sides of a problem. This personality signature is a sign of adaptability, often indicating someone with two jobs or at least a hobby that can be a bit of an earner.

The gap between the index finger and thumb shows personal magnetism and the arched index print a "do anything for anybody" disposition. She is good at giving adice but not so good at taking it. Loops on the other finger tips show an open-minded team worker who enjoys the stimulation of new ideas. Clear major lines traversing the palm show changeability and a tendency to worry. Loops in the skin pattern below the middle finger show a serious side and a liking for animals, and the life line shows a settled period followed by further training. The fate line shows deviations typical of a re-direction of career path. Emotionally this person is entering a difficult phase but change is around the corner. The future looks rosy.

Alison Hatch works at Northdown primary school in Margate, Kent, and was primary teacher of the year at this year's Teaching Awards It's quite accurate. I am very self-critical and sarcastic. I have a sense of drama; I drive a yellow soft-top. Fluctuating energy levels is very true. I have Lupus (an auto-immune disorder), so when that's bad I have no energy, but usually I'm very energetic. I'm in a steady relationship now but in the past I have made sacrifices. I sometimes work at a health club so I do have two different jobs. I suppose I am helpful and I am a team leader at school. I love animals and I have two cats. I am at a bit of a T-junction in my life. I love working at this school but I feel it might be time to move on.

Robin Lown was talking to Harvey McGavinEmail:

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