crossing from the line of Heart to the line of Head cutting
through the line of Fate. Her first toe next to the big toe was
longer. All these signs denoted an unhappy marriage and exactly
when she was forty-three years of age her husband separated
from her (see Fig. 24, N). When this kind of fork is seen out
side, it denotes that difficulties and delays would prevent the
union (see Fig. 25, D). If the line of Marriage curves down
ward in a fork with a line crossing over towards the mount
of Venus, it indicates that the person on whose hand this sign is
found would be divorced (see Fig. 25, G.) If the line of mar
riage cuts through the line of Sun, it is a mark denoting that
the marriage would cause loss of position and wealth (see Fig.
If the line of Marriage is forked at the termination with a line from it running to the line of Heart and bending downward, it is a sign of an unhappy marriage ending disastrously through the cruelty and hardheartedness of the person on whose hand this mark is found (see Fig. 24 N). When a line
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rising from the line of Marriage runs downward and merges into the line of Head it means that consequent on differences in ideas and views, particularly religious, the marriage would end unhappily (see Fig, 24. R).
The line of Marriage when islanded at the termination with drooping line denotes that the marriage would end in disaster and death of the partner on account of either severe illness or some sort of misfortune.
The line of Marriage, if it touches or merges into the line of Sun, indicates that wealth and fortune would coine to the subject through marriage. This is the sign of a person who marries some rich and famous person. The wife or Lord Cur-zon, one of the Viceroys of India, had this sign on her hand. She was an American lady and by her marriage with Lord Curzon became the Vicereine of India (see Fig. 24, B).
A very bad and unfortunate sign is the one when the line of Marriage is forked at the end and a line from it becomes islanded while touching the line of Sun, for it indicates that the marriage would end in disgrace and loss of position and name (see Fig. 24, E), When the line of Marriage begins with an island it shows that there was seduction berore marriage (see Fig. 24, F).
fig. 24. LINES OF MARRIAGE
When the line of Marriage is short, and is seen curving upward, it is a sure sign that marriage would never take place (see Fig, 24, P).
The student should note that the lines and indications regarding marriage given above are not exhaustive. There are infinite variations found on the hands, and as no two hands are alike he is advised to interpret the marks and signs in accordance with general principles discussed in this book elsewhere. One thing more. On some hand the student will find several marriage lines on the mount of Mercury, without the subjects ever going into matrimony. In view of this fact some authors have called it the line of attachment, meaning thereby that the subject would enter into intimate connections with persons of the opposite sex. In some cases I found them to be mere mental unions without physical connections. The love aifairs were there, but they ended neither in marriage nor liaisons. There was only affectionate attachment and love. But this happened very rarely, and the student should not invariably interpret it as a marriage or liaison. For the edification of the student I state one more fact which I have verified after an examination of thousands of hands in India; and it is that marriage on Indian hands is indicated on the mount of Mercury. On very few hands have the marriage signs usually found on European and American hands been seen. This fact leads me to the conclusion that signs and marks on a hand are in accordance with the social customs and modes of life prevailing in the country inhabited by the subject whose hand is under examination. It is therefore but proper for the palmist to bear this fact in mind, and use his intelligence to interpret the lines and signs accordingly.
Lines on the Mount of Moon. There are influence lines rising from the mount of Moon and running towards the line of Fate. If the line joins the line of Fate, and this sign is equally strong in both nands, it is a mark of an influence of the opposite sex; and if the line of Fate looks stronger, the line is favourable and tends to strengthen fate. This sign is generally considered a mark denoting marriage. But in some hands I read in it an influence of an outside person. In the hand of an eye surgeon this mark did not denote marriage, but it referred to the influence of a ruling prince who was instrumental in sending him abroad to undergo professional training.
When these influence lines from Moon are barred, islanded or broken, they denote bad influences and bring ill-luck and misfortune to the possessors (Fig. 24, TS & C).
Influence Lines of the Mount of Venus (see Fig. 24, R). On a well-marked hand may be seen influence lines upon the mount of Venus. These influences, if and when they rise from the line of Life and run close to it towards the mount of Venus should be interpreted to mean a very close influence of a person of the opposite sex. According to some writers, marriage cannot be predicted, if the line on Mercury mount is not joined to the influence line by a line. If this connecting line is island-
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ed and the Fate line has also an island, it is a sign denoting that the subject had an unfortunate affairs before marriage.
When the line of influence after its rise from the Life line moves away towards the mount of Venus, it denotes that the influence of the opposite sex to which it refers would grow weaker and weaker till it will fade out altogether (see Y N, Fig. 24). On the other hand if this influence line runs closer and parallel to the line of Life, it denotes that the person to whom it refers would continue to figure in the life of the person so long as the influence lasts.
fig. 25. LINES OF MARRIAGE