Podomancy (also known as Pedomancy or Solistry) is a divination by examining the lines of soles. This method of divination is similar to palmistry.


Derived from the Greek pous ('foot') and manteia ('prophecy')


Podomancy used to be a popular form of divination in China.


Skilled diviners interpret sizes, shapes and lines of the feet to reveal the personality and the future of the person to be divined upon.

Meaning of the Toes

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.


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.

Crooked toes: Modifies thinking to please others, but the act itself encourages devious thoughts.
Bent toes: Self-conscious of having own thoughts, may fear failure and responsibility.
Twisted toes: 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.
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 responsibilities 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.
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 appears 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.”

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 in the future. 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

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