The Right Hand of Jacinda Ardern

Posted November 9th, 2020

One of the most remarkable things about the hands of Jacinda Ardern is that they are quite unremarkable! It’s hard to find photographs that show a great deal of the detail of her hands, but what we can see is that she has the normative handshape type, the fingers are well-proportioned with conic fingertip shapes and the thumb is evenly set and placed. So what can we learn about this so ‘ordinary and normal’ woman who is the Prime Minister of New Zealand ?

Some hand features we should expect to see in the hands of a politician. For instance, in many photographs, we see that the little finger is spaced widely apart from the other fingers, a feature that is always found in the hands of those who do a lot of talking in the work that they do or are in a position where they have to get their views across to other people. Orators, politicians, teachers – and the local gossip – all have this feature. Her ring finger has a ring on it – which not the marriage ring as this can be seen in her left hand. Here, a ring on the right-hand ring finger shows someone who makes a conscious effort with their appearance, whose presentation to others in terms of colour and attire, are quite carefully and deliberately considered. Again, not something that you would not expect to see in the hands of someone in public office and in the public eye.

Her Major Air line (Head Line) is straight and looks to end under the ring finger. On the negative side, this shows someone whose thinking lacks imagination and creativity. On the positive side, this is someone who thinks logically and is rational and ‘sensible’. The length of her Air line suggests she is drawn to information that is scientific and practicable rather than philosophical and metaphysical. Her level-headed response to COVID-19 reflects this. However, this line formation shows she lacks the wide-ranging intellectual curiosity to step outside the paradigms of her cultural conditioning and tends to accept the status quo for what it is, rather than challenge the assumptions upon which it is based.

Her thumb has a waist-like shape in its lower phalange. This shows she is someone who is considerate of others and shows she has a tactful orientation when it comes to applying herself. It is a feature seen in the hands of those who tend to be diplomatic.

We can also see that her ring finger and middle finger are bent towards each other. This shows that she is someone who can set aside personal enjoyment out of a sense of duty. She has a very strong sense of responsibility that means that she tends to work longer and harder than she should do. She sacrifices her own personal pleasures and time at home for her work. In addition, the significance of the middle finger being bent towards the ring finger gives her a tendency to have something of a martyr syndrome.

So, we have a tactful, diplomatic woman, hard-working and with a strong sense of responsibility, putting duty before personal pleasure, who is drawn to rational and scientific thinking, has a natural ability to communicate with others and is concerned about her appearance and how she comes across. And it is that latter point that intrigues me the most. Because if you look at the Major Water line of her right hand, it can be seen to be in two parts, a division that creates a distinction between what is presented and what is going on underneath. Here is someone who, contrary to how she may seem on television is actually extremely private. She is someone who does not want us to know her personal feelings about things. How she comes across to others is a mask, a persona – including the idea that she is ‘homely’ and ‘personal’. That is all part of a carefully crafted image.

The clue to the significance of this line ending is that the reduplication itself is not connected to the Major Water line. Here we see that what is presented to others and is the means by which the person interacts with the world around them is in fact discontinuous with the central thrust of their emotional experience and orientation. The reduplication represents a kind of ‘social face’ that the person wears in their interactions with others. They can appear quite sociable, and are often friendly enough, but actually they can be quite difficult to get to know. This ending of the line is extremely common in those involved in ‘professional’ lines of work. As such, these people have a kind of ‘professional reserve’ in their dealings with others. The line functions as a kind of mask or professional persona behind which they can guard their responses. In certain professional situations this can, of course, be a considerable advantage, for example a lawyer or doctor having to deal with people whom they don’t personally like but whose job requires that they nevertheless do so. This ending of the line is therefore useful in professional situations where one’s own preferences must be kept at bay whilst one deals with persons or situations one does not like. It gives a certain amount of professional reserve and detachment common to those whose work requires a role without personal involvement such as politicians, salesmen and solicitors.

This is, in effect, the mark of an actor, someone who is dressed up to give a certain appearance of themselves to others. What is really going on behind that charade may, however, be difficult to discern. These people don’t wear their hearts on their sleeves and don’t always reveal their true colours.