Palm Friday

20th October 2000 at 01:00
Palmist Robin Lown reckons he can judge teachers by their palms. We let him read between the lines These are small, sensitive hands with many fine lines indicating a great fluctuation in energy and emotional levels, an easy-going but task-oriented manner, someone who plans and acts as though on a mission.

She can be understanding of others' needs but shy about expressing her own. But there are some clear me-first tendencies and a critical or sarcastic streak, often towards her mother. The slight tilt of the palm shows a benevolent, organiser type with oodles of common sense. The hand looks deep, showing a tendency to put analysis and reason above emotion.

She has a good intellect and has not lost her idealism. The slim gap between index finger and thumb indicates shyness and a tendency to see minor irritations as major faults. She may be strict with others but take personal advice badly.

The two whorls on the last two fingers indicate some fixed opinions and difficulty in communicating her ideas verbally. But she would make a good photographer and has some creative ideas with paper, colour andor pictures. Fine traversing lines in the middle of the palm show changeability and internalised fears - a worrier, who would like the support of her friends. The gentle curve of the headline shows a loveof the arts and possible musical interests. The life line shows a settled period at present with possible career development or further training. A specialist form of education, working with pupils with learning difficulties, might be part of her work. The fate line shows she may be following two paths simultaneously, perhaps working in two areas. Emotionally this person has just come out of a difficult phase. She needs a soulmate. But the future looks rosy as her goal is to become a specialist in her field - a mission she will realise in her thirties.

Gemma Warren is a Friday columnist and an English teacher at the Latymer school, north London Some of it is scarily spot-on and some is way off. He is very perceptive when he says I treat minor irritations as major faults. And he picks up on learning difficulties - I am our school's special needs co-ordinator. The bit about having two paths is amazing - I have my teaching and my writing.

I am not sarcastic towards my mother - we get on well. I'm glad he said I'm going to reach my mission in my thirties. I do tend to internalise things - I'm a worrier. But I have no trouble expressing ideas verbally. And I am no good at taking photographs.I can hardly work a camera.

Robin Lown was talking to Harvey McGavin.E-mail:

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