good. In early life upto the age of 21, these lines indicate scholastic success in one's school or college career, and,
in some cases,-when they have been seen before the fourteenth or fifteenth year, successes and material advancement of the father were denoted.
If this branch is seen on the hands of a woman with other lines favourable, and the hand evenly balanced and beautiful, it denotes a lucky marriage, and her accession to fortune by marriage to a wealthy man. If a star is seen joined to the branch on Jupiter, the success in life whether in the form of marriage or otherwise will be sudden and unexpected. Women with such a sign have suddenly leaped to fortune. If this sign is on the hand of a man, he attains sudden and unxepected elevation to success. These signs I saw on the hands of a poor but beautiful girl and a law student. The former married happily and well; and the latter beat the university record at the LL. B. examination.
But if this branch running to Jupiter is on the hands of a woman with a weak line of Head rising from the inside of the Life line and the mount of Mars, it denotes that the subject will have a little self-control, and will use her mind to rule in a way that will make the life of the man she marries troubled and difficult, so much so that he will curse the day when their hands were joined in wedlock. If this sign is accompanied by the small toe next to a big toe longer than the latter, they will not be able to get on amicably together, as this sign makes the woman's temperament self-willed and unsuited for a married life. This also prefigures divorce or widowhood.
If the branch starting from the line of Life runs to the mount of Saturn, it should, if the line of Fate is absent, be regarded as the line of Fate. But, if there is a separate line of Fate present, it should be regarded as a second line of Fate, generally running parallel to the line of Fate. This sign has been seen on the hands of famous and successful people of the world. This branch denotes that from the date it leaves the line of Life, the subject will begin to enjoy success in his career, and there will be increased gains. The habit of hard work and the feeling of self-confidence will be engendered, which will make his career successful. The student should read two successful years from this sign, one on the Life line and the other on the principal line of Fate from the point exactly opposite the point of the Life line from where the branch snoots up. Sometimes accidental lines are seen falling from the mount of Saturn to the line below, and the student should learn to distinguish them from the branches of the line of Life. The rule is that the line at its start is always clear and thick, while at the end it is thin and fading.
If the line ascends to the mount of the Sun, it denotes success of an exceptional and exalted order. It is a sign of greatness and eminence. With this sign present, I have seen subjects rising from poverty to wealth, obscurity to popularity and fame. It always indicates that the person will reach the
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top rung of his profession. On all successful hands it has been distinctly seen. It was present on the hands of Gladstone, Lord Kitchener, Lord Russel, the Chief Justice of England, Swami Vivekandnda, Dr. Besant and Dr. Joshi, the well-known surgeon of Delhi, (See illustration I 3, G.O.).
If the line runs to the mount of Mercury, the success will be in the direction of science or business, and the reader should examine the fingers and their tips to estimate the capacity possessed by the subject to carry out his projects.
If this branch is stopped by the line of Head, attempts made for a rise will be defeated, and come to nothing because of the follies and mistakes of the subject. Little lines rising but not crossing to any mount mean the wasting of vital forces in useless undertakings. This sign is generally accompanied by a weak thumb and an unanimated line of Head.
Signs on the Line, Dots, crosses, stars, and islands, if seen on this line should be considered unfavourable and foreboding evil in life. A square is a sign of preservation, and should be considered favourable.
I have dealt with this important line of the hand from the standpoint of the Western school of hand-reading, and for the edification of the student I shall now give as clearly as I can what Hindu writers teach us.
Hindu Palmists on the Line of Life. The line of Life has been called by Hindu palmists Pitri (father) Rekha (line), of Kula (family) line. If the fact is borne in mind that we inherit vitality from our ancestors, the name Vital Line given to it by Western writers is justified, and there seems to be hardly any difference between the teachings of Eastern and Western schools of palmistry. Besides, like the Western palmists. Indian writers too give this line the first place in order of importance. The fact of the matter is that this line is the most important in the hand, as on it can be read the chief events of the career of a person. Hindu teachers have classified it under eleven different heads, as mentioned in Samudrik Tatak Sudhakar.
Sangod Line. The first kind is called the Sangod line. Tnis is unbroken, good, and clearly and evenly traced from beginning to end, thick, round in shape, forming a semi-circle girdling the Venus mount. It is not connected, touched or crossed by any other line. The indications of such a kind of line are that the possessor enjoys happiness because of his parents. He is descended from a nigh family, and bears a dignified gotra or surname. He is long-lived, healthy with a strong constitution, wealthy, honoured, happy, and his work and efforts in life will command universal appreciation. He is generally born in the dark half of the lunar period of the month. He is bom, though rarely, in the bright half also. This description agrees with the indications of an unbroken line of life given by Western writers.
Vigud Dehi Line. The.second kind of line is called Vigud Dehi line. It this line is circular and round, but descends straight down the palm, is beautiful, and clearly and evenly traced and thick, it denotes the subject to be good and fortunate. He is born in the bright half period of the Moon.
Gauri Line. The third line is called the Gauri line. If this Pitri Rekha appears to be inclined and turned up in its course towards the second line, i.e., Matri or Dhan (Head) line, and runs down its course in faultless form, it denotes that the person will be fortunate, wealthy, inclined to luxury, and that Ms birth takes place at the close of the dark half or in the beginning of the bright half period of the Moon. If there is a dark spot or til near the line, the birth will take place in the dark half.
Rama Rekha Line. If the Piin Rekha in girdling the Venus mount appears to be cramped in its lower course, it is called Rama Rekha, and is favourable and good. The student should in reading through these Indications bear in mind that the Hindu writers have not "treated these lines in a detailed way.
Pargud Rekha Line. If the first kind of line, i.e., Sangod Rekha,, on reaching the rascettes becomes associated with some lines at its termination, it is called Pargud Rekha and denotes that the subject will be fortunate and enjoy all kinds of happiness. He is said to be bom in the dark half and, if accompanied by a mole, in the bright-half period of the Moon.
Nigud Rekha Line, ^ If at the time of commencement between the first finger and the thumb, it is connected with other lines, it is called Nigud Rekha, It indicates that the person will be fortunate and possess property, and beget children. He will be healthy, and his birth will take place in the dark half period, even if a mole be there,
Lakshmi Rekha Line, If the line has characteristics of both the Sangud and Vigud, i.e.,