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co-wife.

On the right hand of a woman should be read the presence of another woman who would be the co-wife of her husband. This sign is found on the line of union under Mercury, the branches rising from which would indicate the number who would share with her the love and attention of her husband. Besides, the Ayu Rekha, or line of Heart if branched under Mercury indicates the same fact. In the same verse it is stated that the fortune of the husband should be read from the right hand of the woman (M, Fig. 28).

So much may be read from the hands of a woman. On a man's hand will be found more than one line of union on the

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mount of Mercury, and I have found them to mean more than one wife.

Indian authors refer to some lines on the hands of men and women which indicate illicit connections. From the base of the thumb on the mount of Venus on a man's hand cross lines running toward the line of Life indicate the number of women with whom he would have illicit connection, Similarly such lines on the hands of a woman indicate the number of men a woman would enjoy. If these lines are inclined towards the right side, they indicate girl friends. The same verse also says that at the base of the thumb are to be read the brother of the husband [see U B (RN), Fig. 28].

On the basis of my experience I would advise the student not to blindly interpret these lines and signs to mean actual illicit connections. Much depends on the character indicated by other marks and signs of the hand. On the hands of saints who renounce the world these lines and signs will be found, but it would be wrong and cruel to say that they are morally corrupt. Ordinarily these lines may be interpreted to mean the same as indicated above.

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THE HAND OF A WOMAN WHO WOULD NOT BECOME

A WIDOW

Some More Observations. Indian authors state that if you want to know about a woman's husband, and his relations, children and fate, you should examine carefully her right hand.

The Ayu Rekha or Head line on it would give you information regarding her husband, the line of Head or Matri Rekha or Dhan Rekha would say something about the mother of the husband and the line of Life or Pitri or Gotra Rekha, about the father. The right hand of a woman as already stated tells us something about the co-wives of her husband. When the line of Heart is found having branches running in an upward direction, there would be great love between husband and wife.

From the left hand of a man, we can read the lines of Head, and Life giving information regarding the mother and father of his wife.

Marks of a Woman Who Would not Outlive Her Husband. In India every woman dreads the death of her husband, and the first question that she asks the palmist is whether she would have the good fortune of not outliving her husband, and that is why in the month of Kartik before the festival of Diwali she keeps a fast for a day so that the life of her husband may be lengthened. Indian writers have given indications of a woman whose husband would outlive her, and they are given below.

The hands of such a woman are soft and beautiful with the fingers small, well-formed and straight. The lines on such hands are not many and are definitely pink-coloured,' thin, deep and clearly traced. The marks of a fish, swastik and lotus are generally found. The line of Fate is long and faultless without breaks, islands and other unfavourable signs on it. The centre of the palm is high and there is no hollowness. There is present the Yav Rekha on the centre of the thumb and its joint. The fingers if joined show no chinks in between them. The nails are found and well-coloured. The back of the hand is hairless. The line of heart has a trident attached to it on the mount of Jupiter (see Fig. 27).

The Marks of a Widow. The following are the marks found on the hand of a woman who would outlive her husband and become a widow.

The marks of widowhood as indicated elsewhere are found. The lines have breaks and are red coloured and are numerous. The line of Fate is broken. The fingers have more than three phalanges. Besides these signs, it has been stated that such a woman has a longish, yellow coloured face with shoulders like a bullock's, long abdomen and breasts, the latter hanging deep down. Her body is fat and clumsy.

The Choice of Life Partner. From times immemorial the institution of marriage has existed, and with the advance of civilisation and well-ordered living its importance went on increasing and there is hardly any country where relations between the sexes are not regulated by some sort of marriage customs. As these customs are not the same or similar everywhere lines and signs indicative of marriage differ greatly. People all over the world go into matrimony in accordance with

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fig. 28.

Line standing in the way of marriage H—G.

Lines indicating Concubines R—N & U—B.

Co-wife M.

their own tendencies and prejudices or monetary, social and other economic considerations, and very few of them pause to consider the advisability or otherwise or entering the holy bonds of marriage and the principles which should govern the selection of the life partner. Marriages have, therefore, become a lottery and few enjoy perfect domestic bliss. In my long practice of palmistry extending over 20 years, I have very seldom read matrimonial bliss imprinted on hands. This, I am sure, is due to the fact that wrong persons came together, with the result that owing to constant irritation and friction, loss of tem-

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er, self-control and patience, disagreements between the hus-and and wife made a mockery of the marriage.

The question arises. It is possible to avoid all this trouble? Yes, it is possible if a serious use of the science of palmistry is made in the selection of life partners. Undoubtedly this much maligned science can help us to read aright the facts about our real self, i.e., our temperament, moral, physical and intellectual tendencies. If this is done, we can easily select those persons as our life partners who would exercise a counteracting influence and make use of powers very likely to act as a corrective to our weakness, and to help us in the evolution and cultivation of the best of our powers and nature.

Besides, it will enable us to have a healthy and lenient view of human nature and to feel that man is not perfect and his failings and faults are excusable.

Some

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