Callouses, Scars & Freckles – Oh My!

365 Days - Day 21
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One of the members of my Facebook Page recently asked, “Do specific injuries or scars or deformities on the hands or fingers have meaning?”

Not only do scars, injuries, or other “defects” on the palms and fingers have meaning but freckles do too.

Being the proud owner of multiple freckles (yes, on the palm side of the hand) for many years I’ve been very interested in their placement. That’s why I ask my clients to describe freckles, scars and other marks that are on their palms but may not come through on an ink print. I like to know what’s happening right now.

Unlike scars or defects, freckles tend to come and go over time. So their significance is related to precisely where they’re located – in essence they are working hard to “mark the spot” for you in your life right now – so that you can get to work bringing that particular energy to light in your life and your work.

Scars and other physical issues are usually permanent.

Again, meaning is derived from their placement and exactly what kind of marking we’re talking about. For instance, a callous indicates a calloused or brusqueness related to the particular spot, and a scar means that you had a big lesson to learn about that particular energy. The scar remains to remind you to not lose compassion for yourself or others in that instance.

I know someone who has bitten the side of their right Jupiter (pointer) finger since they were small. To this day, the gnawing continues, most often in stress and when bored. “It’s a habit,” they insist. However, my observation has been that the gnawing is more significant when the person is trying to work through issues of power and vision – at work, at home and within their community. Not surprising, as Jupiter is all about Power/Leadership/Vision and Right Jupiter represents power in the world.

I noted that Javier Bardem’s right pinky has a kink in it. (Or at least it did during the time he was filming Eat, Pray, Love which is where I saw this pinky. I know, I’m a crazy woman looking at the guy’s pinky when he’s on the big screen – but what can I say?) This kink makes the pinky look like it’s bowing out of the hand – as though there’s a permanent bend in the middle knuckle. It’s actually quite common – I see it non-Hollywood-peeps all the time. What it says to me is this, he’d rather have knitting needles inserted into his eye sockets than stand up and shout his truth from the rooftops. He’s an actor and I surmise the reason he’s good at his craft is because he’s willing to take on the spotlight – but NOT as himself. It allows him the ability to be seen while not being seen at all. Clever, eh?

For regular folks with this pinky thing? What are you afraid to tell those closest to you? What’s the story you need to surrender to live your truth? Think about it anyway. We’ll love you for you – I promise.

Another common place for rough edges, callouses and cuts is the thumb. Kids often suck their thumbs (I find it amusing that there is no family recollection of my sucking my thumb – I say it’s because my life purpose is there.)

Thumbs represent our ability to succeed in the world (you know, make something out of nothing by setting a goal, creating an action plan and bringing it to life – VERY right thumb stuff) and in the family/community (by determining how to best participate in ties with other people – being the “connector” for like-minded souls – VERY left thumb stuff).

Take a look at your fingers and palm now – what injuries, markings or other things pop out at you? Have a question about what they mean? Post the question below and I’ll be sure to respond!

31 thoughts on “Callouses, Scars & Freckles – Oh My!

  • August 18, 2010 at 6:12 am
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    ok…. about 2 months into my very first teaching job I had a horrible car accident. shouldn't have walked away from it, but I did (everyone who saw the car was surprised I walked away…) The one mystery about it is a scar on my left thumb; it took forever to heal, because it was very deep as a cut. I have no idea how it happened. As a scar, it arcs between the two joints. I've always wondered what it means, if anything…

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  • August 18, 2010 at 6:57 am
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    Kyla — wow. Of course you know how happy I am that you're here!

    Left thumb — community/family mastery. When you say that it arcs between 2 joints I'm presuming you mean through the middle zone of the thumb to the base of the thumb?

    This part of the thumb represents the "everydayness" of being in your community and your family (i.e., where do I fit in and what do I do with it?) as well as the 6th Chakra — or Third Eye zone!

    You may make things harder than they need to be when it comes to "fitting in" in your family and you may split your "vision" – i.e., not necessarily trusting the stuff your "3rd eye" sees!

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  • August 18, 2010 at 10:28 am
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    Hi Peggie,

    Thank you for creating a blog post about this question. What brought it up for me was that my right thumbnail always seems to tear far below the fingertip. It takes a good month to grow it back out to only have it rip again. Do you consider this an injury and does an injury have to be on the palm of your hand to have significance?

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  • August 20, 2010 at 11:32 am
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    This stuff is so fascinating to me, P.

    I don't have any unusual markings or scars on my hands. Is that unusual? The only think I noticed is that the top of my middle finger – right (dominant) hand is curved. I think it's a result of the way I held my pencil as a child but I don't know. Is it significant?

    Thanks.

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    • August 26, 2010 at 11:49 am
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      Mine does too! Almost like it got cut off at the top joint and put back on just a little off center.

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  • August 22, 2010 at 7:04 am
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    Okay, first of all, you were watching a movie with Javier Bardem and focusing on his pinky?!? We need to have a chat. 😉

    Second, I find this interesting because of the weirdnesses of my hands. There is a trait passed down in my family (well, between me and my kids) where our pinkies are bowed in toward our fingers. The bowing starts halfway between the top and middle knuckles and continues up to the top of the finger. It seems to be genetic, and we think may also be something that only people with dimples in their chin have (we did an experiment with our family to see who has them and who doesn't… very interesting results).

    I also have a callous in the middle of my left palm that has resulted from some extreme nerves/anxiety/depression where I clenched my fist and my middle finger nail dug in. I still do it to this day even though these issues are being treated. But it's still something that is very noticeable about my hand.

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  • August 23, 2010 at 6:03 am
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    @Mary – the callous is just that of course — something you've calloused yourself about — during the worst of the disease symptoms you may have been unconsciously creating that protective barrier and now (like my friend with the finger biting) it's a soothing/habit for you. And it may well be a key to unraveling some of the cause of the issues….without seeing your palm of course it's hard to pin-point precisely where it is — after all I only have my own hands to try it with — and my fingers and hand shape are likely different from yours (as they are from everyones!)

    The left hand is usually a story about the inner you and the lower zone of the palm where the middle finger may land (and dig) could be the position of what we call a "bitter pill" on the life line — a memory/event from youth that is "tough to swallow" or the base of the Saturn/Fate Line — where your ambitions and worth and processes for making them happen begin.

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    • August 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm
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      @Peggie – Re: passing down the pinky and chin dimple thing – I only have myself and my kids to go on. I am adopted and have never met the biological 'rents, so I have no clue if they have it, too. We just happened to notice it with my grandmother and sister-in-law, too.

      Yup, my pinky curves in toward my ring finger, and starts above the middle knuckle up through the top of the finger, both hands. What you say about it about laid me flat out on the floor – I keep getting signs, gut feelings and convictions about doing exactly that… and then keep standing in my own way. Feel like slapping myself about it, but just have to "man up" and do it!

      It is a HUGE goal of mine to raise my children to be who they are, not let themselves fall prey to the 'shoulds' of the world (like my new biz), and not let themselves hide. I know there will be parts that maybe I won't agree with or that will surprise me, but it's what makes them who they are. I want them to know (and I think they do already) that no matter what they come to us with, no matter how bad they think it is, we will always love them and support them and encourage them to keep being who they are.

      The callous is actually smack dab in the middle of my palm, directly between the two lines that make up the "v" in the middle of the palm. I have no idea if that helps, but I think it makes sense about the "bitter pill." There are some things I'm trying to resolve, like my adoption which is bringing about more feelings than I'd ever realized (it's not all bad, just finally revealing so I can work through it), and having lived according to those 'shoulds' all my life and hiding myself rather than being myself.

      You have the coolest insight with this! I so can't wait until I have some dinero and can do a full reading with you. And thank you for your insight with the stuff above. 🙂
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  • August 23, 2010 at 9:59 am
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    wow — I'm going to have change my commenting system because it never told me you'd all been here with your great questions — and it doesn't seem to let me respond to each of you individually — sigh. change is good, right?

    @Sherrie – the thumb nail is important. (The entire hand is of course – my formal training in fingerprints notwithstanding I like to talk about the entire hand!) So, the tip of the thumb (on either the nail side or the palm side) is about Crown Chakra stuff as well as applying your will to get things done. Do you think there's a point when you're about to implement a vision that it breaks? or there's a breakdown or rip that makes you start over/doubt yourself?

    @Lisa It won't surprise you that my middle finger does the same thing — on both hands! If I'm reading what you wrote correctly — which way does it curve? (I'm guessing that the top zone curves toward the ring finger?) If so, what do you need to do to straighten your VISION of money and worth so that you don't need to worry about what it "looks like" to others (this can be the collective others, the society as a whole or one particular other)

    @Mary — no kidding. I'm going to see the movie again and I'll promise to not look at his fingers 🙂 I love when traits like these are passed down — it gives my clients so much food for thought and discussion among their families (and a key to even greater understanding). 2nd – on the dimple – I have one in my chin but no pinky leaning. (Clearly I a not of the clan!) I think you're stating that from the second (middle) knuckle up to the top of the pinky the finger seems to lean/bend toward the ring finger?
    If so, I'd ask you to practice using your voice, speaking your truth – no matter what you think it might "look like" It's like you do a mental tally before speaking so as not to offend, alarm or otherwise get people riled up. Like I said to Lisa — others can be whomever you decide. In this way, you've also been given the gift to teach your children to ALWAYS be themselves — that they are perfect and complete and whole — even i what comes out of their mouths isn't necessarily what you'd hoped to hear!

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    • August 23, 2010 at 5:01 pm
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      Yup, you're right–it doesn't surprise me. 🙂 I didn't know what to call the finger it curved toward (brain cramp) and yes, it's the ring finger. I also didn't notice it does the same on the non-dominant hand as well. Interesting…

      I'm surprised IntenseDebate did not let you reply individually. You may have to go back into your setup. Frank Dickinson LOVES this system, so you may want to reach out to him on Twitter to work out the bug. I do like it. I couldn't get Disqus to work on my site w/o losing all of my great comments.

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      • August 24, 2010 at 5:12 am
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        I think it's just a learning curve with me and comment luv and intense debate. We'll get there. I'm not sure what you mean about disqus losing all your comments? But I've always had Disqus since starting this site so maybe it was a non-issue for me? Anyway, I'm slowing figuring this out and will look up frank if for help if I'm still clueless on friday! lol

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    • August 26, 2010 at 11:53 am
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      oh gosh. Lisa and I have the same finger bending/money vision thing.
      It rings so true to me… so true.
      I always worry that people are going to judge the way I spend my money cause we're always tight… but we travel a lot. I don't see traveling as a "bonus." It's a requirement!
      So if it makes things tight, and we get have to eat rice and beans for a month, or the car payment is a few days late, well, that's how it is.

      Gotta let it go. My lesson, right?

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  • August 24, 2010 at 5:19 am
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    From one adoptee to another – -I hear ya sister!

    We're all born with 'stuff' we want to learn and master in this lifetime — your kids are no different. And how awesome that they picked you to be their mommy to help them learn to use their voices from the get-go.

    It will be fun to watch how all your fingers change their leanings…theirs most likely quicker than yours — Ahh Youth!

    And the callous — really need to see it – -as not everyone has a V in their hand — although I'm thinking I know where it is from your description! You may have a desire pollution line as well — that shows up with those of us living by "shoulds" but what a great opportunity you have to shine as a role model, not just for your kids but for those around you — as you step into your truth and trust that great, true voice of yours.

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  • August 24, 2010 at 9:53 am
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    Hi Peggie! Here's mine:

    1) A recurring callous on my left palm on the mound beneath my ring finger, caused physically by my wedding rings.

    2) A scar on my left index finger. During massage school in 2004 I cut my index finger instead of a bagel. It was a full thickness laceration that removed what I would describe as the upper left quadrant of my fingertip, plus it wrapped around enough to take a sliver of fingernail. Today the scar is much like a callous; I have no free nerve sensations, but when I press into it I can feel pressure.

    3) [Can't leave out the right hand] Somewhat recently a freckle appeared on the back of my right hand. If I trace the tendons of my index and middle fingers, it's about where they meet halfway down the hand.

    I'm excited to hear your insights–thanks!

    ~Chris
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  • August 24, 2010 at 10:53 am
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    ohh fun! Thanks for playing Chris!

    1) Traditionally we wear our commitment rings on the "ring" finger – or Apollo finger — so there isn't as much free will as say putting a ring on our thumb. Still when the rings are causing callousing — take a look at how you can loosen up the creativity in your life (or your marriage?) Maybe bring your hubby in as a creative muse – have him model for you or something! lol. Callousing on that finger often occurs in weight lifters and others who work with their hands (even if they do not wear rings) And that too is an indicator to let down some of our preconceived notions about what creativity is and isn't. I.e., it's okay to toss paint on a canvas and call it art even if you don't intend to sell it or make it your "profession." Ask yourself where you can add creativity (and/or a bigger spotlight) in your life.

    2) do you mean the quadrant closest to the middle/saturn finger or the thumb? Either way – upper zone of Jupiter (that's the pointer) is all about visions of power and leadership — what it means to you. You may have been hesitant to see yourself as a leader or you may have just been ticked off at the person leading the class (or someone in the class who was trying to 'railroad' proceedings – thus usurping the leader's role). The left Jupiter is also aligned with your inner passions — cutting off our passions never bodes well in the long run and I know you've found ways to weave them into your work — but the scar/hardness is there to remind you to NOT cut off your leadership potential. When you align your passions with your work you will feel more fulfilled (and make more money btw) than otherwise. Don't try to "be the leader" simply be. It will come.

    3) An interesting place for a freckle, don't you think? And of course the outer hand is more often exposed to the sun vs. the inner palm — and sun can play a part in the bringing out of freckles due to pigmentation. however, here's what i also get -> It's time to step into the leadership position/role in order to ensure you receive right pay for right work. Bring them together – recognize your value and refuse to give in to guilt…

    hugs!

    P
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  • August 24, 2010 at 4:49 pm
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    Oh boy peggie I could use your insight! My right index finger is a doozy. I have a crescent moon scar on the top phalange/knuckle ( nail side) that I earned slicing carrots on an eighth grade camping trip.

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    • August 25, 2010 at 5:31 am
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      Mari – Thanks for coming by. Your Jupiter (index) finger is all about power, leadership and vision. You'll notice that most people with long-standing injuries that were self-inflicted have them on this finger (See Chris above).

      That's because we spend much of our time feeling powerless. When you were slicing the carrots and in 8th grade you could have been musing about mistreatment (real or perceived thru an 8th grade consciousness) of others in the camp, yourself or outsiders. 8th grade is a time that sits between our childhood and blossoming adult sensibilities for most of us. Being tethered to parental rules but longing to get out of dodge and start new. The scar stands as a reminder to not just dream the dream but to do the REAL hard work to bring the visions of a better world INTO the world!

      Thanks for writing Mari!
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  • October 24, 2010 at 11:23 pm
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    Hi…I have a question. About 2 months ago a freckle decided to pop up on my palm. It's smack-dab in the middle of my life line, above my thumb almost at the edge of my palm…one of my friends used to read my palm all the time but he is far far away now. so I've been super curious….lol

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    • October 26, 2010 at 12:46 pm
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      I think I'm confused because I would think the middle of your life line would be somewhere between the beginning (above the thumb between the first finger and thumb) and the end somewhere closer to your wrist – putting the freckle on or near your fleshy part of the palm?

      If it's at the top of the life line – where it starts — is it also where your head line begins?

      If so, I'd say there's some lesson coming your way (or you are in the middle of it) about dealing with your life/career on your terms versus the "family" or "family business"
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  • December 31, 2010 at 1:13 am
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    I don't believe scars have any meaning as it's just an injury but someone told me (an ex boyfriend – so maybe it was a chat up line!) that having long toes is a sign of high intelligence – has anyone else heard that? Naturally I do have long toes… high intelligence? Or maybe I am just a werewolf lol!
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  • April 15, 2011 at 5:57 am
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    What is the signifigants of someone who sucks there thumb well into adolescents?

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    • April 22, 2011 at 5:43 am
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      Depends on the thumb – dominant or non? And depends always on any other medical diagnosis. And if it's a constant or a once in a while thing – in other words, what prompts it? Does the process leave a mark/callous? For instance, my friend bites the inside of his Jupiter finger when he feels like he's being usurped — he's chewing on his power. The thumbs represent Success/Doing etc. As well as the upper chakras, as well as our flexibility and our connection to our community/family. Thumb-sucking to me is generally related to unresolved family issues — but I'd have to see the whole hand and tie it in!

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  • September 25, 2011 at 3:23 pm
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    G'day Peggie. 
    I have a small crescent-moon on the blade-edge of my hand, about halfway between the knuckle of my little finger and my wrist.
    A palmist/clairvoyant saw it once and asked if I was born with it.
    Before I could answer I didn't know for sure, she abruptly ended our session and called the next person.
    Can you tell me anything ? 

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    • October 12, 2011 at 10:15 am
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      To be honest, I don't make comments on markings that I can't see. Is it a line? A scar? A birthmark? Do you mean the outer edge of your hand?
      I suspect she ended your session because she was working on a tight time schedule (sometimes the least exciting, most banal 'reason' is the true one). When I work events I'm under constant time pressure (like at fairs or something) and have to work very hard to keep the line moving. Everyone has lots of questions after their mini-reading gets started and it's tempting to spend a longer time with each than you humanly can!

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  • January 24, 2012 at 11:31 pm
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    Hi Peggy
    I have a freckle on my right palm, about 1/4 way up from the braclet line and slightly to the left.  It is round and dark brown.  Sometimes it is quite faded.  My daughter has the freckle on her right palm as well.

    Also when I was 6 I cut my left pinkie finger on the inside of my hand and have had a round lump  where I cut it.

    Thanks Cindy

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  • January 26, 2013 at 5:34 am
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    Hi Peggy! I have this freckle on my middle finger, directly in the middle! Not sure how long it's been there but it has been a long time since I realized I had it. Thanks!

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    • January 28, 2013 at 10:01 am
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      Hi Gracie!
      Not sure if your freckle is on your dominant or non-dominant hand — but in general, Saturn is all about Money/Value/Time….that' the exact zone that I sliced open several years ago!

      Peggie

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  • August 20, 2017 at 6:59 am
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    Hi Peggy,
    Wow I am so happy I found your site. I recently (whilst trying to pull apart a coffee pod for a art project)
    Stabbed myself in my right palm with a steak knife. It has left an impressive little scar right through one of my forked off lines of my heart line, between my pointer and middle finger.
    I have been doing some reading on palmistry but am still quite a novice. So I am very curious what your take on this new scar might mean? Thanks in advance, Shana.

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