The hands have been named by wise men the servants of reason, the instrument of instruments, the symbol of human faith the mechanics of the brain.
Should one dream of having the hands more beautiful and stronger than they are naturally, it applies to some business matter, which will terminate happily, and thereby be the cause of honor and of profit. The same dream foretells that an employer will be honored and respected by his subordinates, who will serve him with fidelity and alacrity.
To dream of having the hand cut, or that it has become wasted or shriveled up or been burned, denotes that the dreamer will lose his most appreciated domestic, or that he will be compelled to cease work and become poor,
Should the dreamer be a woman, it is a sign that she will experience a number of vexations and great opposition to her wishes.
Should one dream that the hand and fingers have become smaller than ordinary, it makes known that someone among the dreamer's servants, or persons employed, will deceive him, or otherwise betray his service.
To dream of working with the right hand signifies honor for the dreamer or his family; should it be the left, it denotes misfortune. However, some writers attribute the arm and right hand to the father, son, brother, or male friend, to whom such a dream prognosticates increase in wealth, while, in the case of the left, it is a mother, sister, female friend, or faithful servant, some among whom will be the recipients of benefit or of worldly wealth.
To dream of having the hand or fingers cut off signifies loss of friends and servants, or of other dependents.
To dream of having six or seven fingers on a hand signifies friendship, new connections, happiness, inheritance, or benefits of some enduring nature.
To dream of having the hand covered with hair denotes sorrow, annoyance and imprisonment.
To dream of having fresh, white hands signifies friendship.
To dream of having the gout, or cramps in the hand, indicates to young people dread and fear of danger to their persons, while to old folks the same dream denotes languor and poverty.
To dream of handling fire without receiving pain or injury, denotes that the efforts of enemies, of calumniators and of those envious for the dreamer, will have an effect upon him, and that, on the contrary, he will succeed, according to his aspirations, in accomplishing a triumph over obstacles.
To dream of being gifted with many hands signifies happiness, strength, riches and abundance. This dream is, however, disastrous to those charged with any crimes, as it shows that they will fall into the hands of justice, where they will be able to extricate themselves unpunished.
To dream of beating someone, of delivering a blow with the fist or with the hand, signifies peace and concord between man and wife. If the dreamer be not married, it foretells that he will receive and secure the affections of the lady he loves, and thereby triumph over his enemies.
If a woman dreams of beating her husband with her hands, it indicates fear, even though her husband may love her. Should she dream of assaulting her lover, it signifies that she is not in security, and that her love is threatened by several accidents perilous to its continuance.
To dream of holding a sword in your hand, and with it striking unknown persons, indicates security, victory, and good success in business matters. Should it be a stick or club, it betokens domination and profit.
To dream of having golden rings on the fingers signifies dignity, honor, and felicity.