Peaks and Valleys of Personality
Whatever approach to zones you may choose, each zone contains one or more peaks and valleys. To examine them, raise your hand, palm up, to your eye level — you will notice that some areas of the palm stick up, some more distinctly than others. For instance, the cushion closest to your thumb may be especially puffy, or the cushion nearest your wrist might be more noticeable than the others on your hand.
Whatever the particulars on your own hand, you should know that in palmistry those cushionlike developments on the edges of your hand and near your fingers are called mounts. The interesting thing about mounts is that no matter what else changes in your life or in the actual lines on your hand, your mounts will not change. Even if you make a major shift in your career, love life, or personality, your mounts will be exactly as you see them at this moment.
Nine mounts of the hand
Your mounts represent the focus of particular energies in your life, and a dominant mount on either the palm or a finger (see Chapter 4) means that more of your energy is focused on that aspect of your life. The mounts of the palm correspond to planetary energies — each of which, not surprisingly, is associated with a particular character trait.
When reading the mounts of the palm, you should always read clockwise, beginning with the mount of Venus. This will help you to easily understand the nature of your emotional energies.