Podomancy has a long history in Iran, formerly known as Persia. The shape and appearance of the feet and toes reveal an individual's personality, strengths and weaknesses. Podomancy also goes by the name pedomancy or solistry, and is a relative of palmistry.
Each of the toes of the foot relates to a zone in the body as well
as to a physical chakra. It is important to note that the meanings of the toes of the right foot are different to the meanings of the toes of the left foot.
The Meanings of the Toes
Self-expression Right: Joy Left: Sorrow
Right: Wishes and desires Left: Emotions
Right: Aggression Left: Creativity
Right: Attachment Left: Love
Right: Fear Left: Trust & sex.
How do the toes appear?
Toes can lean towards the big toe, or turn towards
the little toe. They can be straight or clawed under. Do the
toes broaden towards the end? Are the toes pointy, rounded, rectangular,
or spatulate? Does a toe appear to hide underneath the toe
next to it? Are there any ridges in the toenail itself?
How flexible are the toes? Are any of the toes painful or
A large toe
The energies of that toe are abundant and often exaggerated.
A short toe
The energies of that toe are restrained and are difficult to express.
A rounded toe
Sensitive and tactful.
A pointy toe
The energy is released in sudden burst then controlled again.
A rectangular toe
Energy expressed in plain, common-sense terms.
A spatulate toe
Lots of energy, expressed in a powerful manner.
A toe bent towards the big toe
Looking back towards the past and hanging onto the past.
A toe bent towards the little toe
In a rush to reach the future.
Modifies thinking to please others, but the act itself encourages devious thoughts.
Self-conscious of having own thoughts, may fear failure and responsibility.
Looks to others for reassurance and may prefer not to acknowledge the truth.
Vertical ridges on nail
A metabolic disorder linked with the energies of that toe. Also, fiercely protects certain aspects of a particular perception.
Horizontal ridges on nail
Emotional instability connected with the energies of that toe. Also, feels insecure due to perceived obstacles and can feel uncertain about protecting certain ideas.
For example, if you have a very large big toe, you tend to be a big talker but not everything you say is based on reality.
If your little toes are tightly squeezed under the neighbouring toe,
you have little faith in yourself and find it hard to trust and let go. This can also be reflected in the sexual arena. In addition, you may feel reluctant to take on further responsibilites particularly within the family.
A painful big toe can reflect sorrows being held onto which still affect your
life in a negative way.
If your big toe stands apart from the other toes, you need time before you let the
outside world know your innermost thoughts and feelings.
A long second toe (Morton's toe) shows you have great vision but can be self-opinionated and like to be seen to be in charge. However your gift lies with being able to instill confidence in others.
Webbed second and third toes show that your self-esteem tends to be firmly linked to your activities or career, however you are a potential genius!
High arches mean that you are an intellectual and prefer to work through issues from an intellectual standpoint. But you can also be too much of a dreamer. It also means that you have had to learn to be self-sufficient from an early age.
Low arches or flat feet mean that you are ever the practical realist. You need to allow yourself to dream a little more. You do tend to rely on a lot of support from others.
Swollen puffy feet indicate that you are holding much back and are unwilling or unable to express your emotions. Oedema reveals the lack of resolution of past issues and the presence of perceived burdens from the past.
A cracked heel shows that you tend to be indecisive and feel pulled in too many directions. Your security base feels "cracked".
Indian Foot Reading
"If a crescent or elongated horseshoe mark appear on the sole of the foot and the toes well separated
from each other, the person will have a harsh temper and remain poor.
If a female's toes are well
set together and close, and has a wheel or flower mark on either or both feet, will will become a lady
of rank and position.
If there be an ear-shaped figure in the foot and without hair, or a little tuft, the person
may expect to be successful in the world."
(Excerpt from Indian Palmistry by Mrs J.B. Dale, Theosophical Publishing Society, London, 1895.)
The Lines on the Feet
Broken and unclear lines signify problem areas according to the line. When both lines point towards the big toe, then you will be wealthy and give to charity. When only one line points to the big toe, your life will be difficult and hard. A line which curves to the big toe nail reveals that the owner is well-respected, honest and generous. Shallow lines indicate a passionate nature and deep lines indicate a troubled life. For a woman, a line leading to the second toe (next to the big toe) reveals an early loving marriage.
The Big Toe
Long - good in business, wealthy
Round - intelligence
Small - selfish and unreliable
Average-sized - generous and dependable
The Second Toe
Fat - wealth arrives after 20 years
Shorter than big toe - average finances
Colour of Nails
Copper - ruled by the Sun, regal
Blue - Ruled by Rahu, well-respected, authority
Yellow - Ruled by Jupiter, wealthy
Black - Ruled by Saturn, untrustworthy and poor
I am indebted to the book Tenen Lezen by Imre Somogyi,
Uitgeverij Fundament, Arnhem, 1992 & 1997, for a lot of the information contained on this page. The book appears in an English version as Reading Toes.
Buy the book!
Reading Toes: Your Feet as Reflections of Your Personality by Imre Somogyi
Imre Somogyi shows the reader the circumstances, thoughts and philosophy that has lead to the 'discovery' of "Reading Toes". Furthermore, the book contains a basic guide to reading toes that explains the different shapes and positions of the toes with clear illustrations. The accompanying text provides a quick insight into the methods of interpreting the different shapes and positions. This book is nowadays obligatory literature at academies for natural healing and reflexology in The Netherlands.