Meaning of fingerprints. Common and radial loop.

Have fun reading your fingerprints. They tell a lot about you.

Common Loop

Common LoopThe Common, or Ulnar, Loop represents a natural follower.  Note:  When the right hand is held in front of the face, the Common Loop is open toward the side of the hand with the little finger, i.e. the ulnar side.  The person with this type of fingerprint may have a short attention span, think quickly, and need variation.  Yet, such people are adaptable and flexible.  They are also mild mannered, middle of the road types who fit in.  They are easy-going and responsive.  They are roving thinkers.  They may have strong commitments to religion.  The type of follower depends on the finger on which the loop is located.

The Common Loop

. Finger Meaning Right Left
1 Forefinger Good follower Improviser, acting in various capacities, service Conventional, conservative, amenable to change
2 Middle Finger Team player Devoted, versatile, responsive Open minded in religion,  live and let live
3 Ring Finger Conformity to law or standards Just, lawful, obeying rules/procedures, adaptable, valuing fashion and beauty Sense of justice and fair play; ability to handle interruptions
4 Little Finger Humble Humility, ease of expression, good communication Knowing self, weaknesses, and limitations; go with the flow
5 Thumb Submissive Servant, operator, graceful Flight not fight

Loop on First Finger

A Loop on the first finger is the sign of a good follower.  A loop on the right forefinger may include improvisation, flexibility to act in various capacities, and service.  On the left forefinger it may mean being amenable to change, or it may represent followers who are conservative and employ conventional solutions.  The follower is as necessary as a leader for an authority relationship to succeed.

Ruth followed Naomi to a new land and culture (Ruth 1:16-17).  Elisha followed Elijah and ministered to him (1 Kings 19:19-21; 2 Kings 2:2, 4, 6)

Loop on Middle Finger

The Loop on the middle finger is a sign of a team player.  On the left middle finger it represents one who is open minded in religion or practices live and let live.  On the right middle finger it indicates being responsive, devoted, versatile.  This type may be versatile in regard to fitting in, but versatility interferes with the concentration in this type.  The versatility and concentration are contradictory; so, the person may be easily interrupted.

David’s friend, Jonathan (1 Samuel 18:1-4; 19:4) had these traits, as did the three men who fetched David water from the well of Bethlehem (2 Samuel 23:14-17)

Loop on Ring Finger

The Loop on the ring finger represents conformity to the law or standards.  On the right ring finger, it represents a person who is just, lawful, and obeys rules and procedures.  And it may mean being adaptable or valuing fashion and beauty.  On the left ring finger it indicates a sense of justice and fair play.  And it may indicate valuing fashion and beauty.  It may also reveal an ability to handle interruptions without being frustrated or confused.

Esther was the epitome of this (Esther 2:8, 10, 12, 14)

Loop on Little Finger

The Loop on the little finger means being humble.  On the right little finger it may represent ease of expression and good communication.  On the left little finger, it represents knowing self, and awareness of weaknesses and limitations.  And it represents those who go with the flow.

Loop on Thumb

The Loop on the thumb is the sign of being submissive.  On the right thumb it is the sign of a servant or operator in contrast to an analyst, designer, or tester.  And it indicates being graceful.  On the left thumb, it represents flight not fight.

Abraham’s servant, Eliezer of Damascus (Genesis 24:2; 15:2) was an honorable servant.


Radial Loop

The Radial Loop represents individualists and often leaders in new directions.  It represents people who do not go with the flow but go against the grain.  People with Radial Loops exhibit originality, and are often good improvisers but in a different way from those with Common Loops.  People with Radial Loops do not improvise to conform but in non-conformity.  They may also be inventive, but they are much less adaptable and flexible than those with the ulnar loops. They may have sharp visual memories and are able to recall images, actions, and emotions.  However, they have selective perception and remember selectively.   They seldom remember all the information they have encountered.  They may be hypersensitive and uncompromising.  They are a dire omen to groups of impending life or death decisions.  And they elicit reaction and friction from the rest of the group.

Radial Loops are quite rare.  In one study 55% had Common Loops on the right thumb, while only 0.22% had Radial Loops.  On the left thumb, 65% had Common Loops, and 0.20% had Radial Loops.1 When they are present, Radial Loops are usually found on the index finger or thumb, but seldom on the other fingers.

A word of caution:  The thumb print is reversed on paper in contrast to when it is observed in one’s own hand.  Radial means open toward the thumb side of the hand when the fingerprint is on paper.

The Radial Loop

. Finger Meaning Right Left
1 Forefinger Individualist Leader, improviser, unconventional Refusal to be led; sharp perception,  hypersensitive, selective memory
2 Middle Finger Inventor Creator, innovator, mental control of bodily functions Non-conformist, social misfit
3 Ring Finger Non-standard Originality, reformer, Reverse Process Reversionism Dissident
4 Little Finger (Rare) Unorthodox Inventors of evil or new religions Apostate, heretical
5 Thumb Rebel Extremist, radical Reactionary, uncompromising

Radial Loop on First Finger

The Radial Loop on the first finger represents an individualist.  Others may see the person as peculiar.  The Radial Loop on the right forefinger represents a leader, improviser, or one who is unconventional.  The leader, may not, however, lead anyone.  Samson was an example of this kind of leader.  The person may be unconventional and have keen perceptive ability to see the shortcomings or feet of clay of those who follow conventional thinking.  This one may expose hidden flaws or develop a new strategy or paradigm as a new solution.  This quite often causes friction with the common loop conformists.  Therefore, this type may not have much of a following.

The Radial Loop on the left forefinger, in contrast, represents refusal to be led.  This is the opposite of the Radial Loop on the right forefinger where the leader goes in his own, unique direction.  The Radial Loop on the left forefinger signifies a person who will absolutely not be led by anyone; and, moreover, may go in the opposite direction.  Jonah was the example of this type.  The Radial Loop on the left forefinger may also be the sign of sharp perception, but it may be selective and with a selective memory.  This type sees what he wants to see and forgets the rest.  This type may also be hypersensitive and react to the slightest criticism.

A person with a radial loop on the forefinger will cause major friction in a group whether or not the person with the radial loop is right.  When a person with a radial loop arrives in a group, it can be a dire omen that life and death decisions must be made to avoid disaster.  The person with the radial loop will be able to recognize and quickly orient to a new paradigm.  If the group listens to the person with the radial loop, it can be delivered.  The person with the radial loop will have the backbone to stand up to the whole world, unlike the others in the group with common loops, eyes,  tents, and arches, who are all followers.  Friction in the group will usually be due to the reaction of those without radial loops, who are natural followers of the party line.  But when the party line is wrong, it takes a person with a radial loop to stand up to them.  Those with eyes may see the truth, but lack the backbone to stand up for it, and those with common loops will simply follow the status quo.


Samson was an example of a person with a Radial Loop on the right forefinger.  When he discovered his Right Woman, who was a Philistine, he married her in spite of his parents’ reservations (Judges 14:1-3).  He was an individual who refused to go with the flow.  He improvised unique punishments for the Philistines.  He caught jackals, tied their tails together, set torches between them, and turned them loose into the fields of the Philistines.

Judges 15:4-5
4 And Samson went and caught three hundred jackals, and took torches, and turned them (the jackals) tail to tail, and put one torch in the middle between two tails. 5 When he had set fire to the torches, he released the jackals into the standing grain of the Philistines, thus burning up both the shocks and the standing grain, along with the vineyards and groves.

The word for jackals is the same as the one for foxes.  People in Samson’s day often used the word foxes when they meant jackals.  Samson caught jackals, which are easy to catch, and not foxes, which are difficult to catch.

Samson’s relation to groups was unique.  At his wedding party he proposed a riddle with a wager attached.  The other members of the group could not accept the thought of losing the wager, so they cheated and got his bride to find out the secret (Judges 14:12-19).  This was a dirty trick, which shows the friction of the other members of the group against Samson.  Even Samson’s wife was socially unfaithful and sided with her Philistine friends against her husband.  This show that marriages to a person with a radial loop can cause tribulation.

After Samson was captured by the Philistines, they amused themselves by watching him labor in captivity.  This was another example of how groups can be cruel to a person with a radial loop.  Samson’s message had really been that inner marriage is the only solution to the friction between the Jews and the Philistines.  But even after Samson married a Philistine, she refused to obey him.  When the Philistines were celebrating in the name of Dagon, they amused themselves by watching Samson labor.  This was Samson with his radial loop in a group.  He used the opportunity to pull the building down on himself and killed more in his death than in his life (Judges 16:23-30).


Jonah was the example of a person with a Radial Loop on the left forefinger.  When the LORD told him to go to Nineveh, which was across the desert to the northeast of Israel, it struck a hypersensitive nerve.

Jonah 1:1-2
1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh the great city, and preach against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.”

The LORD told him to go preach against Nineveh because He was about to destroy it.  But Jonah figured that even if he carried out the distasteful assignment that the LORD would renege, exercise compassion, and not destroy Nineveh, the largest city in the world (Jonah 4:2).  Jonah was right about this.  He thought Nineveh, the capital of the Gentile world, would find the favor of God and replace Israel as the Client Nation.  Consequently, Jonah would be made a fool in the eyes of the world of both Jews and Gentiles (1 Corinthians 4:9-10).  Jonah surmised that if he succeeded, the strategic path would lead to him being hanged out to dry.  Jonah was no fool.  He was considering the strategic results of his evangelistic success.  In his brilliance, the greatest evangelist in the Bible fell into Satan’s trap through the back door.

Jonah 1:3, NAS
3 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare, and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord.

Jonah’s Radial Loop on the left forefinger kicked in, and he took a ship in the opposite direction to Tarshish, which was the city of Tartessus9, a Phoenician port in Spain.  “Tarshish,” from the Akkad, is simply a general term for a smelting plant or refinery.10 The real name of the city is believed to be Tartessus, which was in Spain, but the exact location is unknown.  The LORD told Jonah to go to Nineveh to the northeast across the desert, but Jonah fled from the presence of the LORD and sailed for Spain across the Mediterranean to the northwest.  Jonah could not simply refuse to obey.  He reacted and went in the opposite direction.  People with radial loops on the left forefinger simply will not follow a leader.  They react and go the opposite way.  This is precisely the difference between the Common Loop and the Radial Loop.

Jonah was a believer who was advancing across no-man’s land to Spiritual Maturity and the greatest evangelist in the Bible, but his Radial Loop on the non-dominant hand got in the way.  He was hypersensitive about being made to appear like a fool in front of the largest city in the world.  Jonah disobeyed the LORD and started across the Mediterranean, but a violent storm threatened his ship.  Jonah caused the group on the ship to face a life and death decision, but Jonah was sound asleep as the storm howled.  He knew the reason for the storm and he was willing to let everyone die on his behalf.  His Radial Loop on the passive hand did not actively seek to help.  The men onboard cast lots to find out who caused the calamity and the lot fell on Jonah.  Finally, when pressed, he responded with the truth that the others in the group couldn’t see.  He told them that the storm was because of him and that if they would throw him overboard, they would be delivered.  They faced a life and death decision and feared being convicted as criminals, but they listened to Jonah and were delivered.  This shows the friction between a person with a Radial Loop and other members of the group.

Jonah was swallowed by a great fish, probably a large shark.  After spending three days and nights in the maw of the fish, however, he had a change of heart and overlooked the influence of the Radial Loop.  He went to Nineveh and preached the Word.  The people of Nineveh believed in the LORD, and the LORD had compassion on them.

When the LORD did not destroy Nineveh, this caused Jonah to react from his Radial Loop again.  Jonah was willing to die in his reaction to God from the motivation of his Radial Loop.  He demonstrated this when he submitted to being thrown overboard and later on two other occasions when God did not destroy Nineveh and when God chopped down his shade shrub (Jonah 1:12; 4:3, 8).  Thus, the person with the radial loop on the left thumb will die before he will submit.

There were at least 120,000 children in Nineveh who had not yet reached the age of accountability.  God spared them because their parents believed.

“And should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know the difference between their right and left hand, as well as many animals?” (Jonah 4:11, NAS)

The punch line, which is the last verse in the book of Jonah, is that 120,000 didn’t know the difference between their left hand and their right, which describes the ignorance of a child under the age of about 7 and who has not reached accountability. If God destroyed Nineveh, innocent children and animals would also perish.  Nineveh was about 55 miles in circumference, or 17.5 miles in diameter, which is the size of Houston from the east 610 Loop to west Beltway 8.  Furthermore, the Nineveh metropolitan area included four cities, not just Nineveh.  The punch line of the last verse also lends credence to the need for understanding the difference between the left hand and right hand in order to correctly interpret Jonah’s behavior related to his Radial Loop.

Radial Loop on the Middle Finger

The Radial Loop on the middle finger represents an inventor.  A Radial Loop on the right middle finger, may signify an inventor who becomes a creator or innovator to provide something new and unique for the system.  This type may also have unique abilities over his own body system and be able to exercise mental control over bodily functions such as heartbeat or digestion.  A Radial Loop on the left middle finger may signify a person who turns away from the system, however, and is a non-conformist or a social misfit.

Uzziah, the tenth King of Judah, who ruled 767-716 BC, was a progressive leader who believed in a strong military.  Inventors who worked for him invented early versions of catapults that shot both arrows and large rocks.

In Jerusalem he manufactured machines of war, inventions of creative men to be on the towers and battlements to shoot with arrows and large stones.  Hence his fame spread afar, for he was marvelously helped until he was strong. (2 Chronicles 26:15)

Uzziah, as the King, oversaw the manufacture of machines of war.  He did not do the work personally, but he was a progressive leader who acquired new inventions for warfare.  His military engineers invented the first catapult type machines for shooting arrows and large stones.  The word that is translated, “machine,” is the Hebrew chishabon.  The word for “inventions” is the Hebrew machashebeth, which is a noun, while the verbal root, chashab, also appears as a Qal active participle and means creative or inventive.  Thus, it is quite obvious that these were new inventions.  Therefore, the historians who credit these inventions to the Greeks in 400 BC are behind time.

Radial Loop on the Third Finger

The Radial Loop on the third finger (ring finger) represents accepting the non-standard.  There is a difference between innovation within a system, which often leads to improvements, and the non-standard.  Standards exist in most academic fields.  Standards exist in music for writing and playing.  There are standards in science, mathematics, and engineering.  There are standards of Law and Jurisprudence.  There are standards in sports, and standards in business.  For example, denominations of money represent a standard.  The third finger represents justice and is symbolized by a scale.  The Mosaic Law prohibited non-standard pricing and measuring in business.

Leviticus 19:35-36, NAS
35 ‘You shall do no wrong in judgment, in measurement of weight, or capacity. 36 ‘You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from the land of Egypt.

The Law also prescribed standards for obeying the Law and Ordinances, which were the procedures associated with the ministry of the Tabernacle in worship.

‘You shall thus observe all My statutes, and all My ordinances, and do them: I am the LORD.’” (Leviticus 19:37, NAS)

Non-standard practices in business which cheat people violate the Laws of Establishment, which protect personal freedom.  The Decalogue, or Ten Commandments, which was instituted when Israel came out of Egypt, was designed to protect human freedom.

Differing weights and differing measures,
Both of them are abominable to the LORD. (Proverbs 20:10, NAS)“Can I (the LORD) justify wicked scales
And a bag of deceptive weights? (Micah 6:11, NAS)

The Radial Loop on the right third finger may represent originality on the good side.  On the bad side, it may also be a sign of Reverse Process Reversionism, which means turning away from the Right Man or Woman to pursue a paramour.  Lamech was the first polygamist in history.  He had two wives and, thus, turned away from the Right Man – Right Woman principle of Marriage Culture (Genesis 4:19-24).  Lamech not only violated the most fundamental principles of God’s commandments, such as marriage and murder, but he bragged about these things.  Reverse Process Reversionism is fueled by jealousy, which rejects the Right Man or Woman and is jealously attracted to a paramour.  Such a person has his wires crossed.  He thinks good is evil and evil is good.

A Radial Loop on the left third finger may be a dissident.

Radial Loop on the Little Finger

The Radial Loop on the little finger is very rare.  However, examples are found in the Bible.  The Radial Loop on the little finger represents being unorthodox, especially in religion. On the right and it may signify reversionists who are inventors of evil (Romans 1:30).  Rather than obeying God, they invent and contrive their own evil practices.  The Radial Loop on the right little finger may also be expressed in inventing new religions.  On the left little finger, the Radial Loop may be a sign of an apostate or heretic (Jeremiah 8:5; 2 Thessalonians 2:3; Galatians 5:4; Jude 18-19


Radial Loop on the Thumb

The Radial Loop on the thumb may be the sign of a rebel.  The thumb represents the will of God, and a Radial Loop on the thumb first symbolizes rebellion against God.  The children of Israel were rebellious against God (Psalm 78:17).

“Remember, do not forget how you provoked the Lord your God to wrath in the wilderness; from the day that you left the land of Egypt until you arrived at this place, you have been rebellious against the Lord. (Deuteronomy 9:7, NAS)“For I know your rebellion and your stubbornness; behold, while I am still alive with you today, you have been rebellious against the Lord; how much more, then, after my death? (Deuteronomy 31:27, NAS)

Sheba, the son of Bikri, rebelled against David (2 Samuel 20:1, 21), and Jeroboam rebelled against Solomon and took ten tribes of Israel with him to form the Northern Kingdom (1 Kings 11:26).

On the right thumb, the Radial Loop may be expressed as a radical or extremist.  On the left thumb, it may be the sign of a reactionary or one who is uncompromising.

17 thoughts on “Meaning of fingerprints. Common and radial loop.

  1. hi fiko. Are you sure about radial loops? It is so rare to have one. Let alone to have radial loops on ALL fingers. A radial loop is a loop that goes towards your dumb. So look at a finger and see if the direction of the loop goes towards your thumb.

  2. my fingerprints are neither radial or ulnar…they are round circles that spiral inward like a round maze….I also have mounds on my palms which have the same spiral prints…is that unusual?

  3. ive got whorls and arch’s on my fingers.. 6 whorls 4 archs. on both hands the archs are on the little and the middle finger

  4. I have radial loops on both index fingers and the left middle finger, would you like a print? What does that mean to you? Thank you

  5. Hi, my left thumb ulnar, left index is a radial, left mid As (Arc), Left ring is ulnar, left pinky is ulnar…..on the right thumb is whorl and rest all fingers on right are ulnar. .. .I would like to have a discussion privately if possible please Many thanks for your assistance

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