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There are three phalanges in each finger and thumb totalling to 15 in one hand. Each phalange represents one year and one hand would thus tell events of 15 years. In the case of a man, we should start with the nail phalange of the little finger of the right hand and place the first year of life on it, and count the years on the phalanges of the fingers and thumb right up to 15. Then take up the right hand, and repeat the same. Tne 30th year would be placed on the third phalange of the thumb of the left hand, i.e., the mount of Venus. Then pass on to the right hand again and calculate fifteen years more, up to the forty-fifth year. In the left hand, another fifteen years would take you up to the sixtieth year.

In this way, you can find the position of any year about which you would like to know. In order to find out if the year thus located will be favourable or otherwise, or to know the kind of events that will happen, you should examine the phalanges carefully and note the presence of ascending or vertical lines, circle, Jo or Yav. If such signs are present, the subject will have children born to him and would acquire wealth and attain a position. But, if this phalange is marked with crisscross lines, star, deep dots or any other unfavourable sign, there would happen events foreboding trouble and worry. In the case of a woman, begin from the left hand, and go to the right to fix the years.

Let me illustrate it by an example. A man inquires what sort of a year his forty-second will be. Calculating according to the method described above, we place this year on the right hand on the third phalange of the Jupiter finger. If there are vertical lines present, and they are not crossed by horizontal lines, the year will bring good luck and success to the subject. We should find out if the lines, marks, and signs on the palm tell the same tale. If not, we should not say that the year would be favourable, but should modify our conclusions. Suppose the palm indicates that there will be an unusual rise of fortune at the age of forty-two, but the phalange tells that there will be obstacles, the conclusion in that case will be that success will

come, but after stout oppositions, and not to the same extent as promised by the lines on the palm.

Besides this, Hast Sanjivani has also described how to calculate the month in which the event is to take place. The Western writers do not believe that a palmist, however able, can name by an examination of the hand, the month in which an event is to happen. I have myself found it hard to arrive at any correct result, and as such I do not propose to describe the method.

The methods I have described in this chapter should be studied carefully by the student, who should exercise his discrimination in evolving a method of his own. If he does so, he will attain a very fair measure of success as a hand reader.'

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CHAPTER XI

THE LINE OF LIFE

One of the most important lines on the hand is the line of Life or vitality, which is found girdling the largest mount of the hand, namely the mount of Venus, as shown in the figure. (See illustrations 12 and 13). Th mount of Venus has on it the great Palmer arch, which is regarded as being closely connected with the heart, stomach, and other vital organs of the body. On account of this fact, it is reasonable to conclude that the Life line indicates the length of the owner's life as intended by nature and his health, good or bad, during the period. Dates and years of events can be read from it, and we can verify most of the events from the signs and marks recorded elsewhere. At the outset it must be stated that a long line of Life does not necessarily indicate a long existence. Cases have been

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LINE OF LIFE AND ITS VARIATIONS R O and T O indicating forked life line at the start. Life line ROW, Health line F G joining Head line with a star showing delicacy of sexual system in a woman. F E. Fork of Lite line at the end. W. Tasselled Life line showing decline of vitality.

found where people with a long line of Life died prematurely. In such cases, marks of death were found on other parts of the hand. There is another line on the hand which must be read along with this line, and that is the line of Health. The fact of the matter is that our life depends upon our health; and those who overdraw on the bank of health and waste their vital forces come to an early end. The line of Health is the most capricious of lines and it goes on changing with the years, becoming deeper or fading out, or at other times assuming malignant forms portending death. Considered from the standpoint of health, the Life line represents the stomach and the vital organs. When quite well-traced, deep, long, even, and well-coloured without any breaks or irregularities of any kind, it denotes a robust constitution, strong vitality, and freedom from illness. The digestion of such persons is good, and they keep fit throughout their life, and enjoy the supreme benefit of almost perfect health.

So much for health; but there is another aspect from which this line should be considered. This is the psychological point of view, and this is important, so far as this line indicates the degree of vital forces that move the body and create in man the qualities of emotional responsiveness, sympathy, kindness, and warm-heartedness. People with a full mount of Venus encircled by a line of Lire have been found to possess a strength of animal instinct and a passionate disposition; while those with a flat, depressed and narrow mount girdled by a line have been found to be cold-hearted and unresponsive. The student would have to bear this fact in mind while making an estimate of the character and nature of the person before him in order to find out how far he would succeed in life.

The Life line in the right hand would indicate the coming events regarding health, career, etc.; and the left one would indicate the strength of the constitution, hereditary tendencies of life and health, the length of life of the family and of the parents. Therefore the student is advised to examine the lines of Life, Health, Fate, Head and thumb; and, if he finds them to be satisfactory in form and condition, he can safely tell the subject that he can expect to live to a ripe old age.

The Character of the Line of Life. Shortness of the Life line denotes shortness of existence. The line to be normal should be evenly traced, deep, well-coloured, and without defects of any kind. The breadth of the Life line denotes abundant robust animal strength, while its depth relates to people who have more nerve or will power. Under the strain of ill health, it is the deeper line that enables the subject to pull through and live on; whereas one possessed of a broader line is liable to collapse and does not possess the same power of resistance. Very broad lines denote muscular strength rather than strength of will. If the line is pale and broad, it denotes a weak character, with weakness of vitality. When thick and

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red, it indicates violence and brutality of nature.. A variant thickness in its course makes the nature fickle. If it is seen to be thin and fading out at any point with a deep dark spot, death is likely to occur. If chained it denotes a tendency to ill health and a delicacy of constitution. If seen coming out in a great circle into the palm of the hand, and reaching or ending close to a rascette or the mount of the Moon, a long life can be anticipated, A break in

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