THE MAJOR LINES
The Life Line
The life line is the lowest of the three. It begins on the edge of the hand between the thumb and forefinger, and extends in a downward arc. Contrary to popular belief, the length of the lifeline does not necessarily correspond to the length of your life. It is a measure of how you live, not how long you live. Quality, not quantity. This is because your palm is changeable—it reflects the course you're currently on, but if you alter it, it will reflect your new direction.
So if your life line is short, fear not. Many people with short life lines have led long, full lives. In fact, some parents become frightened when they notice that one of their children has a short life line (the three major lines actually form only eight weeks into the embryonic stage of a baby's development). What they fail to realize is that the length will change as the child grows older.
It's more important that the life line extend as far as possible across the palm. If your life line fits this description, you have a great zest for living, you look forward to waking up and greeting each day, and you are blessed with an exceptional amount of energy and stamina. It stands to reason that with your great enthusiasm for life, you are likely to live much longer.
Conversely, if your lif e line is shaped like a learn semicircle that arcs inward back towards the thumb, you need to work on your stamina and attitude. You are more likely to be depressed, to encounter more day-to-day problems, and you tire easily. You need to balance your life so you get enough exercise and stimulating activity, but also more quality rest and relaxation. This will improve your overall outlook on life, and thus help extend it.
What if you show a break in the life line? Does that indicate a serious calamity? Not usually. You're likely to experience a change in your outlook at that time, brought on by a change in another area—it could be your health, or your relationship, or your career. By examining the lines that represent those areas later, you can perhaps find a clue, and so avoid unneccessary crises in your life.
If you see a break in the life line surrounded by a box, this is very promising. It means you can handle the problem the break suggests and overcome it smoothly. But if the box does not surround a break, it suggests confinement, perhaps even prison. Knowing this in advance will help you avoid it, and the box will disappear. Really.
How do you chart time on your life line? Once again, the length of the line does not accurately reflect the length of your life. But you can still estimate time on it. The best method is to draw an imaginary line fronvyour second finger down to the life line. The point that it meets the life line is about the age of thirty-five. So if you see a break in the life line just beyond this point, you can prepare yourself for a change in your life just after that age.
If you know of a major event in your life that happened earlier than age thirty-five, such as an accident or breakup or death of a loved one, you might see a mark on your life line before the thirty-five point. From there, you can figure the number of years by the difference in length, and then use the same distance to figure events in the future. So if you broke both legs in a skiing accident at age twenty-five, which is indicated by a break in your life line an inch before the thirty-five point, you can assume that an inch beyond that point indicates age forty-five, and so on.
You might also notice a large number of very fine lines around the base of the thumb. Some may even cross the life line, or be more prominent than others. These are worry lines, and the more you have the more worrying you've done in your life, and will continue to do. Worrying, however, is not healthy. It leads to all sorts of health problems and psychological unhappiness. Learn to relax and enjoy life more, and these lines will gradually disappear.
The Head Line
Logically, you would think the head line would be the uppermost of the three major lines. But no. The head line is the middle one, and it represents intelligence and the quality of your thinking.
In general, the longer the head line, the more intellectually gifted you are. If you have a very long head line—one that extends all the way across the palm to the outer edge, you have a wide range of interests, great powers of insight, and enormous capacity for learning.
If your head line extends to about the area under the little finger, you are bright, quick-thinking, and have several main interests.
If your head line ends in the area under the ring finger (the average length), you are practical. You get to the point and get on with it, rather than debate and analyze like those with longer head lines are prone to do.
Head lines can also be divided into two distinct types: practical and imaginative. Practical head lines extend in a virtual straight line across the palm. If this is yours, you are a logical thinker, not one to take something on faith. You are best-suited for a career that emphasizes logic and analysis over imagination.
Imaginative head lines extend in a downward arc towards the wrist. The further the arc extends downward, the more imaginative you are. If it extends so far downward it actually connects with the wrist, you are so imaginative as to be somewhat out of touch with the workings of the real world. If it has a more gentle arc, you are highly creative, and you know how to succeed with your gifts. You also have a need to surround yourself with natural beauty or things that inspire your imagination.
Some people show a fork on their head line. This is very positive—it indicates a head suited both for practical matters and imaginative ideas. If you show this, you've probably learned how to succeed by using both qualities to your advantage.
If the head line slopes upward, it indicates a need for material possessions. You want to get rich, and the sooner the better.
It's also useful to examine the point at which the head line begins. There are two main scenarios here—dependence and independence. First, if it's joined to the life line at its origin, it indicates a cautious personality. If it begins beneath the life line, it means you needed the protection of your parents early in life, and still lack a good deal of confidence in yourself. If it's actually joined with the life line for a short distance, you were not able to separate yourself from your parents for awhile, and needed their help and guidance to make decisions.
But if your head line does not connect with your life line, you were born independent and remain so to this day. It didn't take you long to affirm your identity, and you might even have had some conflicts with your family in your youth as a result. The farther away from your life line, the more independent you are. If your head line starts at the base of your forefinger, you are so determined to get your way in life that nothing will stop you.
The Heart Line
The heart line is the uppermost of the three major lines, and extends in the opposite direction of the other two. It begins on the outer edge of the palm and ends somewhere under the first two fingers.
There are two main types of heart lines: physical and mental, which are rather like the popular classifications of personalities as Type A or Type B. The physical heart line, for instance, curves upward at the end, finishing either on one of the first two fingers or between them. If this matches your heart line, you are able to express yourself and your feelings well, and are capable of overcoming emotional pain. If you have a relationship breakup, for example, you have your share of hurt feelings, but you get over it and move on.
If your heart line simply goes straight and ends before the first two fingers, without curving, ifs the mental type. You are very sensitive, and you don't recover from emotional trauma well. You keep your feelings to yourself, and so suffer the blues a great deal. You are emotional to the point where it often blocks your practical sense.
No matter which type of heart line you have, the point where it ends is quite important. If it stops somewhere between the first two fingers, you are well-balanced. The first finger represents the ego and self-concern, the second worldly judgement, so in this case your needs are met, but in the context of reality. This offers the best chance for happiness.
If your heart line stops on the first finger, you are selfish to a fault: your ideals are often unattainable in the real world, and so you will be so selective as to hurt your own chances for finding a mate.
If your heart Line ends on your second finger, especially after curving downwards, you are gifted with a special love for humanity. You are a care-giver, a nurturer, and simply all heart. But you place the needs of others before your own happiness, so while this is a wonderful, rewarding quality to serve the world, it is often at your own expense.
Many heart lines will fork near the end. This is not a negative sign, just an indication of emotional complexity. If you have three or more lines that look like branches, you are the ultimate romantic—extremely emotional and in love with love. This is actually considered a lucky mark, but only if you're in a relationship with a partner who is just as supportive emotionally.
You might notice marks in the early stages of your heart line that look like chain links. These are indications of emotional stresses. They're very common in the first half of life; if the line continues onward smoothly, you'll have a happy, stable romantic life thereafter.
Finally, you might notice a small companion line that runs parallel with your heart line towards its end. If so, you're a lucky soul. This is an indication of a long-lasting relationship that extends through the later years of life. What could be better?
THE MINOR LINES
The Fate Line
Although it is not considered one of the three major lines, because not everyone has one, the fate line is almost as important. If you see a vertical line nearly bisecting your palm from bottom to top, you indeed have one. It normally begins near the wrist and crosses the head and heart lines, ending somewhere near the base of the fingers (especially the second finger).
Having a fate line means you have a strong goal in life, and are working hard towards achieving it. Virtually every successful person has one, because it's rare to reach the top without a strong goal and the drive to get there.
The fate line is also a bit of a good luck charm— people who have it experience fewer mishaps in life, and when crises do come, they seem to overcome them more smoothly. It's almost as if it were a guide, a protector that steers them along the right path.
If you do not show a fate line, you are probably not driven to succeed in any one field. You may be at a point where you're still wondering what to do with your life, or perhaps you made a major mistake earlier and now seem stuck in a hopeless pattern. It's always possible to change your life for the better, and chances are if you find the key to success, a fate line will soon appear, confirming the strength of your new decision.
Occasionally, a person without a fate line will succeed financially, but this is usually the result of either odd fortune—such as a sudden inheritance or lottery windfall—or the result of other factors. Hollywood entertainment executives, for example, are famous for "failing upward"—that is, receiving a better offer from a company after being fired from their previous job. Many of these types do not have fate lines, but experience a different definition of success that comes through being in the right place at the right time and knowing how to play the game (by virtue, usually, of a strong head line).
The position at which the fate line begins is an indication of the point in time you decided on your path. If it begins inside the life line, you were under a strong family influence early in life, and it took a while before you became independent enough to pursue your dream on your own. The benefit of this is that you probably have a strong foundation of morals and caring for others—you may be successful in life, but it won't come at the expense of family.
If your fate line begins outside the life line, it indicates a sense of independence very early in life. You've always preferred your own way of doing things, and this tendency will keep you from getting trapped in career corners throughout life.
Some people have fate lines that begin towards the outside of the palm, which emphasize the independent streak even more. In this case, you likely did not have a strong family structure at all—perhaps you were an only child from a broken home or even an orphan—so you learned to be on your own at a very young age. Ironically, this usually indicates a career in the public eye: as if to compensate for the lack of family as a child, you will seek to find acceptance in the multitudes. Many performers and artists fit this profile. Almost all will say they decided to become performers as a very small child.
So if the starting point represents a childhood decision, what is the time scale of the remainder of the fate line? Well, it's not exactly linear. Since the fate line most commonly represents career goals, its scale is weighted towards the point at which those are accomplished. The point where the fate line crosses the head line is age thirty-five. This is most commonly the age at which people settle into their path and attain a sense of order to their lives.
From there, it's usually very straight until it crosses the heart line, at age forty-nine. These years are usually stable, during which time you're earning money and raising a family.
Quite often, the fate line will end at age forty-nine. Again, this does not indicate longevity of life but the attainment of life goals. Once you've reached them, you become more relaxed and set in your ways. If your fate line continues on from this point, you will enjoy a continued sense of variety in life—and that is often an indicator of longevity. You might also notice a slight break around age forty-nine. Again, this indicates—especially for very independent people—a will that is just not satisfied with the attainment of the first goal. You'll find a new challenge, and enjoy a stimulating new path later in life.
You might notice an adjoining line that runs parallel to your fate line. This simply means you have more than one goal, more than one interest in life. Perhaps you have a hobby that excites you so much it becomes a second career goal. Or maybe you're a "Renaissance man" (or woman), with an unsatiable appetite for variety to go along with your drive for success. This is fine, but remember that it's nearly impossible in our specialized world to be an expert—and a success—in more than one or two fields.
The point at which your fate line ends is also important. If it runs straight upward toward your second finger, as is most common, you have chosen a stable, productive role in society—you're likely a businessperson or executive or teacher. If it veers towards your third finger, your path is more creative—perhaps you're a musician, actor, architect, or designer. If it runs all the way toward your little finger, a very rare instance, you are a born communicator (since the little finger represents Mercury, the messenger)—you're an ideal entertainer, public speaker, or broadcaster.
Quite often, the definition of fate lines will vary in one palm. The stronger it looks, the stronger your will to succeed at that point in life. So if it's blurry or vague, you too are (or were) unclear of your direction at the time indicated. If it shows a break, that indicates a career change. If it joins the life line at any point, your family takes precedence over your own will at that stage of life. If there's a square surrounding it at any point, feel fortunate. You are protected from potential hazards, and will come through them without losing momentum.
The Health Line
If you have a health line, it will begin somewhere near the palm, usually inside the life line, then continue diagonally across the hand towards the little finger. If you do not have one, don't worry. In fact, it is a very positive sign not to have one—you are in great health, you are very relaxed and stress-free and you probably are resistant to little annoying bugs like colds and flus.
If you do have one, it should be well-defined. If it's clear and long, running all the way to the little finger, you'll enjoy a long, healthy life. Sure, you may have the odd occurrence of a minor setback here or there—everyone does—but your constitution is strong enough to outlast them easily.
If your health line is indistinct, you probably have health problems. Little changes often make a powerful difference in these cases—try altering your diet and getting more exercise.
If it varies in quality, it indicates health setbacks. Breaks are indicative of periods of illness or injury. If, however, a break is surrounded by a square, you will be protected and enjoy a smooth recovery.
The Sun Line
This is a special line that indicates great success—even fame—in your chosen field. It runs parallel to your fate line, usually beginning near your head line and running upward towards your third finger.
If you show a clearly-defined sun line, you have the potential for greatness. If it begins lower on your palm, near the wrist, you will have already enjoyed great achievement, and its length will determine how long you enjoy your success. In these rare cases, the sun line sometimes ends before the head line, indicating brilliant early success, then a burn-out. Child actors, for instance, might show such a line.
Most sun lines vary in intensity, showing breaks or other defects. This is actually common, because great success does not usually come free of obstacles. A break, for instance, indicates financial problems. More breaks indicate versatility, but usually people with this characteristic spread themselves too thin over too many areas. A square, as usual, is a sign of protection from harm—in this case, you'll experience trouble in the career world, but will emerge free of damage to your reputation and stability.