Lines of Influence
Lines that run alongside the major lines of the hand are known as lines of influence. These lines take on a variety of meanings, which can best be explored by looking at the effect on the major line with which they merge. If the line of influence runs parallel with the line you are studying, it serves to strengthen that line at its weakest points, repairing a break or serving as a companion line in times of strife.
Parallel lines of influence
Lines of influence that end in a star show that the influence is over. A line from a star at the end of a line of influence that cuts past the life line means that a close relative will die at about that time on the life line.
Perpendicular lines of influence
Lines that run perpendicular to another line usually serve to bar the path and show obstacles, problems, and trials. If these lines form a widened area like a dot, there will be a major problem, and you should look to see if the section following on the line indicates an island or break.