connection with this line of Success which is deeper on the mount under the base of the third finger referred to above, Hindu authors state that such a line, called the line of learning or knowledge, starts from the base of the third finger and runs down the hand. This view resembles the one held by Mrs, St. Hill, although she does not call it the line of learning but only says that it refers to a potential line of success growing and becoming deeper on the palm by an exercise of talents.
This line of Sun is called by some a line indicating success in the shape of money and luck in things of apparent chance, and not success of a high order, which can only be achieved if good and favourable signs are present on the hand.
If a good line of Success is accompanied by two deep parallel lines on either side of it, untold wealth and fame are denoted (See No. 4, Fig. 23).
If there are lines seen running alongside the line of Sun without touching it, legacies are denoted.
If such a line comes from the mount of Venus and runs by the Sun line, legacy coming through a relative is indicated. When the Head line has an upward curve, coupled with a long line of Sun, it indicates great love of social position arid wealth. On a long, narrow hand and a prominently hollow palm, this line loses all its importance, as such a hand is lacking in energy and hard work.
Hindu View and the Line of Sun. The Urdh Rekha or Vertical line which terminates at the base of the third finger is also called Dharm Rekha or line of righteousness arid denotes wealth, position and material possessions.
If this line is long, it is a sign of wealth. If it is broken or crossed or barred by any other line, it indicates loss of money and is the mark of a poor man.
When it starts from the mount of Sun and is deeper there than elsewhere, it denotes that it is the line of learning or knowledge and shows that the person is learned. The mount of Sun has been called by Hindu writers as Vidya Sthan or the place of learning and knowledge.
LINE OF MARRIAGE
LINES OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
The line of Marriage is not a principal line. It is considered a minor line, but of all the minor lines it should be given the greatest importance as it relates to that union of sexes upon which the fabric of society is based. The institution of marriage is very ancient and all wise men of the world in general and Hindu teachers of India in particular have sincerely believed that there is a time set apart in our life so that marriage between man and woman is predestined, and will corne about in accordance with the laws regulating our lives in this birth. There are authors who call the line of Marriage the line of attachment, meaning thereby a fairly long and important connection between a man and a woman. In the eyes of God or Nature such a connection even if not sanctioned by society or sanctified^ by ritual is equal to marriage and should be regarded as such. A. line of Marriage has nothing to do with liaisons, amours, and all those affairs of the heart which are read from other signs and marks found in the hand.
Some European authors think that it is difficult to determine with certainty whether the ceremony of marriage has been or will be performed. They think that a palmist can be accurate if he has a long experience of reading hands and is endowed with intuitive faculties. On the other hand, Hindu Palmists believe that it is not at all difficult to name the year of marriage. My own experiences of reading thousands of Indian hands tells me that marks, lines and signs so extensively and carefully given by European authors are very rarely found on Indian hands. Curious signs and marks indicating marriage and relating to events consequent on it are not found on most hands on which the lines on Mercury mount are clearly marked. On the hands pf Hindus sign of divorce have seldom been seen, and in some cases have been found signs indicating judicial separation or cutting off of a long connection or marriage. But such cases are rare. One more point should be borne in mind by the student, and it is that the mounts on the hand should be carefully examined so that a fairly accurate judgment regarding marriage and the time of its taking place may be made. The predominance of certain planets on the hand incline the subject to an earlier matrimony than others. A fairly clear knowledge of astrology regarding the planets and their influence on trie life of human beings will help the student to clear up mysteries of matrimony which he finds difficult to unravel by only examining the marks and signs of the hand.
There are four places in the hand from which marriage is read, (i) The mount of Mercury on which lines are found run-
ning parallel to the line of Heart, (ii) Lines rising from the line of Life and running down the mount of Venus, (iii) A cross on the mount of Jupiter, (iv) Line coming "from the mount of Moon, and touching the line of Fate. This should not cut it and should not in any place be crossed.
If none of the above lines and signs is found on the hand at the time the hand is examined, the palmist should not say that marriags would not take place. He should only- state that there is no sign of marriage at present. It is a fact that lines grow on the hand; and it would be cruel to tell a young person that he or she is not destined to marry,
Lines on the Mount of Mercury. Ail palmists in India attach very great importance to the lines on the mount of Mercury which run parallel to the line of Heart.
A straight and clear line denotes a happy union, and
persons with such a line are fortunate; as Cheiro, the celebrated
British Palmist puts it, they draw a lucky number in the lottery
of hearts, and are to be congratulated upon their good fortune.
My experience of reading a large number of hands in all walks
of life tells me that in this world true marital happiness is a
rarity. I very seldom found domestic happiness imprinted on
the hands of persons and naturally came to the conclusion that
marriage is a lottery of hearts and very few persons draw a
lucky number and lead a life of domestic peace.
When the line curves down on the line of Heart, it is
a sure sign of the loss of the marriage partner (see Fig. 24).
If the line of. Marriage is forked at the end on the
inside of the mount it denotes separation and not divorce. This
mark has been noticed by all readers of the hand, and I have
found it always to mean an unhappy union ultimately ending
in separation. On the hands of a woman I found the line of
Marriage forked, and at the age of forty-three a line was seen