Whorl patterns are formed from concentric or spiraling skin ridges.
Two triradii support whorls, one on either side. Whether in bull’s eye or spiral form, the pattern easily evokes impressions of an inaccessible closed circuit.
The isolated, solitary and lonely image of “the tree that stands in the desert” is a metaphor for the whorl pattern’s psychological profile.
The element air associates with thought, theory, analysis, ideology and communication. People with whorls are curious and observant. They are independent thinkers, who want ‘to know’, and then often, ‘to teach’.
Rather than following others’ regulations, whorl types are self-reliant. Often self-employed in service professions, these are not the “yes, sir, no sir, three bags full sir” compliant type employees. Whorls aspect the individualist who works best alone and unsupervised.
Whorl owners are private people who need breathing space. Because of the tendency to detach and close off the deepest part of themselves, they might experience challenges with sustaining intimate relationships.
In traditional Indian palmistry, whorls are called chakras. Here is a (typically fated) fingerprint formula from Indian folklore:
One finger is happiness
Two fingers indicates honor in the courts of kings
Three fingers is a sign the subject will become wealthy
Four fingers the subject will become a pauper
Five fingers indicates a hedonist
Six fingers indicates passion satisfied
Seven fingers is a sign of virtue
Eight fingers indicates one prone to disease
Nine fingers predicts the rise of a king
Ten fingers signals the higher man, the Brahman who realizes Self