The procedure involved in the reading of the palm leaves in Nadi Astrology is a closely guarded secret, being passed down from generation to generation.They are not gerneally exposed to the common public.

The astrologer first takes the thumbprint of the person who has come in serach of his Nadi leaf. He then uses the print of the thumb to identify the possible palm leaves from the numerous manuscripts in his possession. Usually readers have bundles of these palm inscriptions at their disposal. It is not a certainity that the person's leaf would be with that particular Nadi Reader. It might be with a reader from any other part of India. Else the leaf might have vanished after years of neglect.

Once the reader locates the particular bundle , he begins to read from each leaf and asks the person a series of questions about his or her life, while attempting to identify the correct leaf.

This process can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours and it should be noted that it isn't always possible to identify a person's record. Once he locates the correct leaf , he begins to read from the leaf, describing the person's life in detail. First there would be a general reading and then, based on the person's interest, additional leaves are consulted to

explore areas such as marital relationships, profession and business, past or future lives, etc. The astrologer will also suggest remedial measures that the person can take to reduce the influences of past karma and enhance the benefits of future activities