the differences.



Straight line. Wavy line. Spots on lines. Forks. Sister lines. Islanded lines. Upward going lines. Broken lines. Downward going lines.

Chained line. Tasselled line.

the lines themselves, and see if they are clear, deep, even, and perfect, Defects should be noted. The colour is also important. The lines to be favourable should be clearly defined, deep, evenly traced, straight, and pink. They should not be broken, islanded, chained, wavy, crooked, broad and shallow. It should also be noted how far the lines are undefective. Those better and stronger than others yield better results, and are more important. The nature of people with clear-cut, straight, and deep lines is not vacillating. There is a steadiness of purpose in their life, and their temper is even. They have a strength of character, which enables them to surmount difficulties. Broad, shallow, unevenly and badly coloured and traced lines denote weakness, lack of courage and failure of purpose and aim in life. For the depth and evenness of lines indicate a good constitution, vigour of body and mind, energy and con-centrative faculties.

One fact is very important and should not be lost sight of. It is the number of lines found in the palm. Mrs. St. Hill says: "The fewer lines that are visible in a hand, the better. Other lines tend to confuse the main issues, to show obstacles in the way of success, to obstruct the line of thought necessary to complete the objects to be attained, and are signs of troubles and delay causea by circumstances or by lack of health." Further on she observes: "There is great concentration on the main issues of life when there are few lines. The presence of great numbers of them shows that the brain is used in too many directions; and, if the lines are both thin and numerous, it shows weakness of brain, confused thoughts, and in excess a tendency to hysteria." Besides, all vertical lines that go up the palm from the wrist are good and favourable, whereas those that cross the palm and are horizontal are harmful. The exceptions to this rule are the two main lines of Head and Heart. Again, we should note that, when the lines meet each other, they should cross and pass on. It is not at all good for the lines to stop against each other. Lines should be considered as representing facts of Me and virtues, not qualities which can be practised by all.

Colour of the Lines. The paleness of the lines indicates weakness of health, want of energy, and decision. In a slcka (verse), fourteen kinds of lines with their indications have been, mentioned in the Hindu books on palmistry. They are given below, and a careful study of the same would show that between the teaching of the Western and Eastern schools of hand-reading, there is hardly any difference.

Well-coloured and bright, narrow lines indicate a wealthy person.

Redness indicates hopefulness of disposition and an active, robust temperament.

Yellowishness denotes excess of bile in the blood and a nature that has an element of pride, reserve, and selfishness.


Darkness of lines is a sign of haughty, revengeful, and unforgiving nature,

Dry and poorly coloured and traced lines are unfavourable. Deep lines indicate a fortunate and charitable person. A thin line indicates the acquisition of wealth. Sumilka or moolsahii denotes good fortune. Broken lines denote failure of vitality and loss of wealth. Small and branched lines give a hint of troubles on the way. Unevenly traced lines denote loss of money. The lines that leave their position and place in the hand are not good and favourable.

Small lines are unfavourable.

The line that is clear, bright, and beautiful, of proper length, deep and round to look at is favourable and fruitful.

Defects of Lines. A close examination of lines may indicate the unevenness of some. This type is deep in certain parts, becoming thin afterwards, sometimes growing broader and shallower, and then assuming its depth and clearness, It is this unevenness that characterizes and distinguishes it from others. The line should be read, and periods unfavourable or otherwise located according to the degree of clearness and depth.

Next we pass to lines which split up. These splits are sometimes very fine, and should be examined with, a magnifying glass. Sometimes, these fine branches have a downward course, and in other cases they seem to go up,

These splits spoil the beauty and strength of the main line, and in cases where the line after the split is clear and well-traced, its strength and indications arc not spoiled. The wider they branch off from the line and the deeper and clearer they are traced on the palm, the more significant they prove to be. If they are seen going down, they should be regarded as unfavourable, tending to reduce the strength of the line. Rising lines increase the strength of the line, and, if they are seen running to any particular mount or part of the hand, they show that the increased efforts or energy will be in that particular direction. The student should note that such lines running to the mounts denote that the subject will be influenced by the qualities of the mounts and would have a chance of meeting people ruled by the mount in question.

The next defective line is the islanded. This is an unfavourable sign. The student should note that, if a split after opening away from the line travels for some distance and, bending towards the main line joins it, it will be found to make a sort of loop which is called an island. These islands are small as well as big. This sign tends to weaken the lines and its good indications.

Breaks in the lines are frequently seen and always denote ?i defective condition and its failure. Uncertainty, lack of decision, and want of force are also indicated. Unless supported by



a sister line or enclosed in a square, they are serious arid foretell danger. One of the worst forms of break that is seen is when the end of the line after the break turns back and starts to run towards the source. This sign, if found on the life line, has been interpreted by palmists as indicative of a certain death. This danger can be averted if this sign is surrounded by a square.

When the line ends in a tassel, it denotes its weakness and destruction, more particularly at the end of the Life line, in which case it is a mark showing that the vital forces of the body would be dissipated and the nervous system exhausted.

When the line ends in a fork, it is also considered a sign of weakness, but it is not as bad as a tassel or fan. When the fork is composed of two lines, it is only a split.

A chained formation in any line denotes its weakness. If it is seen in the line of Heart, it indicates that affections are weak and changeable. The organic weakness of heart is also denoted. A chained line of head shows that the subject lacks coricentrative ability, weakness of intellect, and lack of fixity of ideas. In short, this kind of formation of the line should be interpreted as a sign of weakness, and is an unfavourable mark to have.

The dot is a maik which is not frequently encountered on the palm. But it should be noted carefully and the student should find its strength, depth, and size. The colour of the dot should be discovered, and conclusions as to disturbance and disorder indicated arrived at.

There are little hair lines seen running by the side of the main line, sometimes joining

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