influence line is barred or starred, or breaks in its course, it denotes some mishap to the influence. These marks
in most cases denote the death of the person to whom the influence refers. It also refers to a serious illness or accident to him or her (see Fig, 24, O P).
Some More Observations. Mrs. St. Hill says, "Mercury lines are found on the hands of many persons, yet so many remain unmarried. Again there are several of these lines present on hands and most people are married but once. So these lines are attachment lines and show attachment of individual persons of the opposite sex, serious love affairs, the courses of which can be judged by the deviations of the lines. The lines of Marriage are found on Luna and by taking them together with lines on Mercury we can come to very accurate conclusions on this important point."
These observations of the celebrated palmist and authoress are very weighty and contain a lot of truth and fact. It is a fact so often verified that sometimes more than one line has been seen on some hands, but the persons married only once and in some other cases even the presence of these lines did not bring about marriage. These facts lead to the conclusion that we should try to examine other parts of the hands in order to find out if the marriage would come off. These portions of the palm are the mounts of Luna and Venus, lines on which indicate the event of marriage. On the basis of my experience, I can say that a palmist should not disregard any sign or line, and he should examine carefully lines of attachment of Mercury, and lines of influence on Moon and Venus as well. The line on Mercury should be fairly long, clear, well traced and should reach trie centre of the mount. Shorter lines do not indicate marriage, they indicate only an influence of the opposite sex which will not bring about a permanent connection. These lines on Mercury do not fade and should be regarded as permanent lines, They should be read on both the hands.
Lines lying nearer the Heart line indicate marriage before the 21st year, and if this line is found in the centre of the mount the marriage would take place by the 32nd year. Beyond the centre of the mount, the existence of a line denotes a connection late in life.
Widowhood. The following signs denote widowhood on the hands of a woman (see Fig. 26): —
The line of Marriage on Mercury dropping to the line
of Heart (see 1, Fig. 26).
A black spot on the line (see 2, Fig. 26).
If the line is drooping and a cross is found at the point
where drooping ends.
4 The line or influence on Venus associated with a star (see 4, Fig. 26).
A small bar cutting across the line of influence (see 5,
A line from the Heart line crossing the Fate line and
ending on the line of Head (see 6, Fig. 26).
LINE OF MARRIAGE
7. The line of Fate broken, but this sign must be accompanied with one of the marks given above.
If the signs and lines given are found on the hands of a man, they denote the death of his marriage partner.
Observations on Marriage by Indian Palmists. According to Hindu writers marriage is indicated by signs and lines on two portions of the palm.
On the mount of Mercury between the base of the little
finger and the line of Heart called line of Life by Hindu writers.
The second portion lies between the line of Heart and
the bracelets. With regard to the first, it has been said that
the number of marriages is indicated by long, unbroken, well
coloured and beautiful lines. If these lines between are crossed
or small they denote that there would be a short and troubled
As regards the second, it is written in Shiv Samudrik that as many marriages are indicated as there are clearly traced and marked lines between the line of Heart and bracelets. These lines appear to be those referred to as lines from Luna towards the Fate line by European writers.
fig. 26. MARKS OF WIDOWHOOD
If the line of Marriage on the right hand of a woman droops down and cuts through the line of Life or Heart it is a sign of widowhood.
If the Marriage lines on the mount of Mercury are clear cut, unbroken and well-coloured, they denote on the hands of men and women good health and straight conduct and blameless character. If the lines are short and broken the character of the women denoted by them would be questionable.
The student should note that marriages on the hands of a man are to be read from his left hand and on that of a woman from her right palm. If in a man's hand the line has a branch on the right side of it, he would enjoy the happiness of leading a good married life and if branchea towards the left side, there would be a troubled married life (See B, Fig. 24).
The Line Inimical to Marriage. On the base of the first fincer may be seen a cross or horizontal line called the Diksha Rekha or line of renunciation. It denotes that the person would renounce the world and turn a Sadhu or monk or nun. If such a line is clearly marked and traced on the hand and is also accompanied with well marked lines of Marriage, it shows that in spite of the presence of marriage marks the marriage of the person would never take place. This line is inimical to marriage (GH, Fig. 28).
The lines of marriage on the hands of monks indicate such devotees, disciples and missions as are dear to them, and on that of nuns, spiritual illumination, pilgrimage and self-mortification. The number of devotees, missions or acts of pilgrimage and self-mortification will be in accordance with the number of lines found.
Line Indicating Co-wife. In Asia the system of polygamy has pervailed from ancient times and to have more than one wife was never considered illegal or unrecognized by society. It was sanctioned by religious authorities, and Maharaja Das-rarh the father of Sri Rama, the great Avatar or incarnation of God Vishnu, had three queens. As already stated elsewhere, lines on the hands of human beings are found in accordance with the social customs prevailing among them and should be borne in mind while reading hands. Hence it is not a matter of surprise that Indian authors have referred to signs indicating a