Pitri or Gottra Rekha en closes a full mount of Venus and is deeply and clearly traced and runs to the mount of Jupiter and is branched there, it is a sign that the possessor would have children and a large family. if Urdh Rekha rises from the side of the wrist up the hand in a faultless and branched shape it denotes that the sub ject would be blessed with sons and grandsons (Fig. 30, 6). When the line of Heart is branched upwards and downwards under Mercury (as shown in Fig. 30, 2) children are indicated. The lines of children on the hands of yogis and sadhus or monks indicate disciples, that of nuns righteous living and mo-nastries and holy places where they reside.

According to another writer there are two more places where you should read children. One is the second phalange of the Mercury finger. The number of clear-cut vertical lines on this phalange denote the number of children. The second place is the middle phalange of the second finger where the presence of vertical lines indicates the number of prominent children one would have (see Fig. 30, 7).

The various methods of reading children have been given above. The student is advised to keep them all in mind when coming to any result regarding this aspect of hand-reading. From a practical standpoint perfect accuracy arriving at a. correct reading of children one is likely to have, is hard to attain in view of the fact that the destiny of both husband and wife play a great part in the matter. Cases have been found when the hand of a man showed that he would have children, but the hands of his wife had no clear sign present on her palm. This happens in the case of those women whose husbands had children from their first wives but could not have -my from them. In such cases, I found the signs of children in the hands of man but none on those of the woman. The reverse case has also been found to be true. The palmist should exercise great care and good sense in interpreting the lines and talking of them to his clients he should do it in as nice, tactful and sensible a way as he can.

Mount of Venus, the Bharatru Sthan or Mount of Family. Mrs. Robinson, the famous author of the Graven Palm, writes, "The events and the lines which represent the lives of those who strongly influence a subject are found on the mount of Venus.

"As the thumb is the index to the whole character, so does the mount of Venus, surrounded by the line of Life, contain the record of the events of our years,

"The more self-centred the nature and stronger the power of animal instincts, the fewer and less distinct will be the lines

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upon this mount, and indeed, in the worst type of hands, the lines lose their significance and become indistinct and blurred."

Indian authors, as already stated elsewhere, call the line of Life the line of gotra or kula or family and the mount of Venus as Bharafiru Sthan or the place of brothers. In view of this, it is not unreasonable to conclude that the line of Life not only represents the whole life of the subject but mount of Venus it encloses refers to the events and persons such as parents, the wife, friends and near and distant relations that influence our life. In fact from this mount can be read our greatest joys and sorrows.

fig. 31. PARENTS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS

A. B. C. D. E. F. G. H. I.

Parents1.

Father2.

Death of father3.

Line of Life branched on Jupiter showing large family4.

Fish showing fortune5.

Brothers and sisters6,

Brothers and sisters7.

Line of Heart forked showing long lived parents8.

Brothers and sisters9.

On Lines Representing Parents. Mrs. Robinson says, "Lines denoting the numbers of the subject's family do not start from the line of Life, as do influence lines denoting love and

friendship." According to her the lines denoting relations by birth lie nearest to the wide looped line at the base of the thumb which may be termed the "family line". Younger relations are read from lines lying nearest to this line and cunning parallel to it; while lines representing love and friendship of the subject would be seen rising from the line of Life. It is reasonable to suppose and conclude that the lines denoting parents should be found running parallel to the line of Life in its early course on some hands. I could read father and mother from such lines, but it could not be definitely stated whether the lines referred to the father or the mother of the subject. In a few cases, the early lines were found to be lines denoting a loving paternal aunt or uncle and in two cases a grandfather, and in one case a grandmother.

In most of these cases I found these lines running from the mount of Jupiter to inside the line of Life and running parallel to it far on the Venus mount. These lines denoted tnat the persons they represented had a great affection for the subject, and did all they could to look after him and have him educated and well placed in life. As a matter of fact the career of the subject was made because of the zealous care devoted to it by these early and healthy influences (see Fig. 31, 1).

Although I was successful in telling the subject something of the influences of his early career, and the correct facts regarding persons who influenced him, yet I was always confronted with the question that I should tell definitely as to how long the father or mother would live, how they would treat the subject and what benefits he would obtain from them.

So far as this aspect of hand-reading is concerned, European authors have not much to say. Mrs. Robinson does, however, refer to this point when she says that lines of older relations start at the same time that the subject's life begins. Besides Mrs. St. Hill also says that lines denoting parents run near to the Life line and wnen they do, the parents assist the career of the subject.

Indian authors draw the attention of students to the lines of Head and Life, called by them Matri and Pitri lines, i.e., mother and father lines, for information regarding the father and mother. According to them the strength, depth and faultless-ness of these lines indicate that the subject would have a long-lived father and mother, from whom he would derive all sorts of material advantages and love. The line of Head stands for the mother, and the line of Life for the father. If bad signs like island, cross, star and black spot are present, they indicate something unfavourable for the parents 'of the subject. Besides the faintness or shadowy character of these lines during their course through the palm denotes ill health of the parents. If any one of the lines is seen broken, it is a sign of the death of the person to whom it refers.

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