Before we delve into the mountainous terrain of your hand, let's spend a minute or two dividing up the hand into zones that will help you understand more clearly how each mount correlates with different aspects of your psyche and personality.
Hold your hand in front of you, palm facing the ceiling. Imagine a line that reaches from the center of your wrist to the middle finger, cutting the center of your hand in half. When divided this way, the section of the hand containing your thumb should contain zones that represent the conscious, and the section that contains the percussion side of the palm (near the pinky) represents the subconscious zones.
Many palmists add a middle “balance zone” to this method of energy division on the palm, because adding a third zone creates a buffer to allow you the flexibility in life to use the best of both your conscious and subconscious zones.
The conscious zone represents the energy that you actively use on a daily basis to achieve the things you want in life; the subconscious zone refers to the more passive energies (imagination, ingenuity, and creative thinking) that we unknowingly put to use in order to achieve our goals.
Another way of dividing your hand into zones is to split it into three parts horizontally (with two imaginary lines going from right to left), so that the three areas are the top (the area closest to your fingers), the bottom (the area closest to the wrist), and the middle.
The first zone, at the top closest to your fingers, is known as the emotional zone and represents your higher aspirations and goals in life. A highly developed emotional zone means that your approach to life is through your mind or intellect, since this area is close to your head line.
The mounts of your palm can correlate with definite personality types as well as distinct physical characteristics; even though no two hands are alike, you will have much in common with others who share your palm mount type.
The area near your wrist is the physical zone, because it represents your physical needs and desires — and the physical energy you're willing to expend to satisfy them. An overdeveloped (puffy or large) physical zone means you will stop at nothing to get what you want — selfishly putting your own wants and needs over those of the important people in your life. An underdeveloped physical zone means you are passive and maybe even too weak to fight for what you want in life. If this is how yours appears, consider taking some assertiveness courses in order to better balance this tendency.
The middle zone is the practical one, because it is where the emotional and physical zones meet or converge. Check your practical zone to see how well you are able to balance the energies of the emotional and physical zones. If it's a firm, strong zone without a lot of mixed lines, you are adept at the balancing act — but if not, don't worry, since you are in the majority of people who are run by either their intellect or material pursuits.
A Four-Zone System
A mount that is less developed than others points to an energy force that is lacking in the individual's personality. Mounts that are overly developed show characteristics that are extremely noticeable in the person's attitude or demeanor.
Another zoning approach is to divide the palm mount areas into four equal zones or sections:
Rational zone includes your index and middle fingers and their mounts. When overly developed, this area indicates that you are a strong and ambitious leader; if not well developed, it can point to a lack of self-esteem or confidence.
Practical zone is the area that includes the mount of Venus — the puffy area of the palm that is connected with the thumb. Practical zone is ruled by the “pleasure principle”; people who have a predominant practical quadrant are into physical pleasure or creature comforts to the max. Conversely, those with an underdeveloped practical area tend to be unenthusiastic or even lazy.
Instinctive zone includes your last two fingers and their mounts. Many writers and artists have predominant instinctive areas on their palms; this is entirely appropriate, since this area represents creativity and communication. On the other hand, if your instinctive area isn't well developed or even noticeable, you likely have a difficult time getting your points across and may find you communicate better through figures, charts, or scientific study.
Intuitive zone includes the Lower Mars mount (the area underneath your index finger). A well-developed intuitive zone marks psychic powers and spirituality, as well as the gifts of humility and sensitivity. If the intuitive area isn't well developed, the individual could be atheistic and generally prefers an intellectual approach to matters of spiritual belief.