In the horoscope of a person the tenth house is the house of profession, governmental honour conferred on a subject, public glory and success, and it is also the house of father, If in the horoscope the tenth house is strong, there is a chance of the father of the subject living to an advanced age. Besides, on the hand of the subject, the line of Life or father is always strong, meaning thereby that the father of the subject would live on; and through his support and help the subject would lead a prosperous life. Besides, when I found on the hands of persons the line of Fate rising from the line of Life and running up the palm to the mount of Saturn, I saw that the subjects had their father alive, and up to the time the two lines, i.e., the lines of Life and Fate, ran together the subjects remained dependent upon their fathers. Even after their independent career had started, they received substantial help and support from their fathers, who did all they could to maintain their sons in prosperity and ease (Fig. 31, 2).

If the line of Fate runs separate from the line of Life, the subject carves a career of his own arid leads a life of independence from the very start. This is not a sure sign that the father of the subject would continue to live for a fairly long time, but the student should not conclude that the father would be short-lived unless the line of Fate in its early path has a mark of an island. This sign I have verified in several cases when the Fate line islanded near the wrist denotes the passing away of the father during the infancy of the subject (Fig. 31, 3),

People with a clear-cut, deep, long line of Life, especially when it starts from the mount of Jupiter, have generally been found with their father living to a fairly good age. According to the Indian school of hand-reading the mount of Jupiter is called the Pitri Sthan, and hence when the lines of Head and Life, i.e., mother and father, are connected at their start on this place, it is a mark which denotes the length of Life of the parents in a majority of cases, especially when both the lines are deep, clear-cut, faultless and long.

Besides the support and benefits a subject would have from parents may also be judged by the presence of a clear-cut trident on the mount of Jupiter connected with the line of Heart and the mark of fish on the wrist (Fig. 31, 4, 5).

According to the Indian view, Pitri line starts from the wrist and ascends towards the first finger. If it is indistinct and shadowy arid not traced at all at the start, it denotes the loss of the father in the early life of the subject. This fact I have been able to see on several hands. But this subject requires further research and verification.

Brothers and Sisters. As already stated Mrs. .Robinson thinks that brothers and sisters should be read from those horizontal lines on the mount of Venus which are away from the line of Life and ran parallel to the family line on the base of

the thumb (see Fig. 31, 6). According to St. Hill, the lines crossing from the thumb to the line of Life denote the number of the subject's brothers and sisters. The depth of these lines indicates the amount of affection felt for them. These lines should not cross the Life line, otherwise they would be harmful to the career.

According to one author on the Indian school of palmistry, if Pitri Rekha or the line of Life ascends to the mount of Jupiter and is branched, it denotes that the possessor has brothers and sisters. A long Pitri or Kula Rekha indicates a long line of elders and a big family, while a short line denotes a small family (Fig. 31, 8).

According to another Indian writer, long and thick horizontal lines on the Percussion between the wrist lines and the line of heart denote brothers, and thin and small lines sisters (Fig. 31, in 9).

According to another writer, brothers and sisters can also be read from the lines on the mount of Venus lying outside (as shown in Figure 31, 6), between the wrist and the base of the thumb. But lines of children are also said to be found on this part as already stated, and these are seen on the inside portion whereas those of brothers and sisters are towards the outside of the Venus mount.

Friends and Enemies. According to ancient Hindu writers, the mount of Venus is called the Bbartru Sthan or the place of brothers and friends. So it is reasonable to suppose that relations and friends should be read from the lines found in this mount. It has already been stated that on that portion of the hand which is called the lower mount of Mars, situated under the mount of Jupiter inside the line of Life, are found lines parallel to the Life line which refer to those earlier influences of father, mother, aunt or some nurse. After the 21st year rising from the line of Life or running close to it may be seen lines which appear inclined towards the Venus mount. These are the influences of persons who enter our life, for whom we develop a love which is sometimes all-absorbing. These influence lines are generally found on the hands of emotional and impressionable persons. People with a matter-of-fact mentality and selfish disposition or those Saturnian religious types who shun social intercourse and love to lead a life of retirement away from the crowd do not have these lines marked on their hands.

On very few Indian hands have I seen lines rising from the line of Life and running towards Venus. Such lines nave been interpreted by European writers as the lines of friendship. On the hands of men they are said to denote women and on those of women men. The friendship is said to be pure and innocent if the line is neither islanded nor chained. Any kind of breaks denote a break in friendship. The presence of a star denotes the death of a friend. This line of Friendship has







been interpreted to mean the line denoting a marriage partner when it is joined by some sort of line to the line of attachment on the mount of Mercury, (see Fig. 32, 1, 2, 3, 4).

In India, because of a lack of free social intercourse between men and women, there is no such thing as friendship between a man and a woman. So the lines rising from the line of Life and running towards Venus denote on the hands of men, women who are married to them, and on those of women, men who can claim the supreme honour of being their husbands. I have generally found these lines denoting marriage partners, and in cases when these lines faded out as they moved toward Venus or were crossed by a deep line from the base of the thumb towards the line of Life, it nas been found by me to denote either the death of the marriage partner or the end of their sexual life meaning thereby that the man and the woman would henceforth live as friends, as it happened in the case of Mahatma Gandhi, who after the age of 36 retired from all sexual life and lived the life of a celibate.

On some Indian hands these lines coming from the Life line towards Venus have been found to be the lines denoting male friends.

On some Indian hands these lines rising from Luna and running towards the line of Fate, either joining it or running by its side, have been found to be of those people from outside our family who come forward to help and push us up. European writers have called them lines of influence denoting marriage. But on very few Indian hands have I found them to be so. On the hand of a doctor I found it to be the line of a ruling prince of an important Indian State who became so interested in him that he sent him to be educated abroad and after his return appointed him to a well-paid post in one of his State hospitals.


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