The Life Line

The life line is the primary line of the hand, and everyone has one. As its name indicates, the life line depicts basic vitality and life force. It records physical being and warns of diseases, accidents, and other bodily events; additionally, it describes stamina, activity levels, and overall sense of liveliness.

The life line begins at the edge of the hand between the thumb and the Jupiter (index) finger and then arcs down around the mount of Venus to the wrist. You can time your life line to get a very rough idea of how long your life can be expected to last. However, such an estimation is also dependent on other factors, such as the lengths of the heart, head, and fate lines, so it's not a good idea to predict the length of life based on your life line alone. In fact, the end of life is so complicated a point, it should not be predicted at all.

A break or other negative mark on the line can mean any number of things, and making a prediction about the end of life can set up thoughts that lead to self-fulfilling prophecies. Think of the life line as showing you the quality — not length — of the life to come.

It's a good sign if the life lines on both hands are similar in length and shape. If the lines differ in length, you should pay more attention to the line on your dominant hand (the one that you write with).

Breaks indicate big changes and a change of direction such as a divorce or job change. An overlapped break means a change you initiated, while a clean break shows one that originated from outside. If the break occurs in both hands, the crisis is more serious.

Physical Condition

A long and clear line shows you have a good physical condition, good health, and the ability to overcome disease and injury. Your physical resources will be at your peak, and you'll be able to meet life's challenges with a survivor's instinct. Similarly, a life line that forks at the base of the hand shows that the owner is healthy and strong and can resist illness.

A thick life line

A faint life line

A thick life line means that you are a very physical person and perhaps a violent one; a thin life line shows a weak constitution or personality, and perhaps a very sensitive and easily injured physical body. If the line varies in thickness, you will have healthy and unhealthy periods. If the line is reddened and deeper, the life may be an energetic and intense one, but this may be seen in aggression and hostility.

Begin at the Beginning

Be very careful to assess the true beginning of the life line. If it is chained or islanded at the very start, it indicates that there is some mystery about the person's birth. Any of the other markings found at the beginning of the line would refer to the birth as well. For instance, a cross is a mark of injury or distressed birth; a square is a sign that a certain problem was overcome and the child was born healthy.

A life line that begins on the mount of Jupiter (the index finger mount) belongs to a person that seeks a lifestyle change based on ambition and the strong pursuit of his goals. If the line starts lower down at the thumb, however, the person is a homebody or resident of a small town who wants to stay there.

A short life line does not necessarily indicate a short life. First, look for a new section of the line further on after a break. This can mean a radical and positive change in life — a move to a new country, acquiring a fortune, or overcoming a disease.

Between Venus and Luna Mounts

If the line arcs widely around the Venus mount, that shows a warm and receptive person who enjoys others and who loves to travel and the adventure of meeting new people. If the life line sticks close to the mount, the person is cautious, and tends to love family members and friends better than strangers and to stay at home with them; it can also indicate family commitments to aged parents. If the line actually goes into the Venus mount, the person is cold and aloof. The closer the end of the life line is to the base of the Venus mount, the more the individual wants to end life safe at home, no matter how far he has traveled. An ending at the Luna mount shows a restless nature till the end.

A longer fork that goes toward both the Luna and Venus mounts shows that person is conflicted about travel issues, wanting both security and adventure. A tassel at the end of the life line means that the end of life will see a decline of strength and perhaps a handicapping illness, which can be thwarted with proper care.

Forward-Moving Life Lines

A life line that moves up toward the Saturn (middle-finger) mount shows that the person is working very hard to succeed, but may not, after all. If the line moves toward the Apollo (ring-finger) mount, fame and fortune are to be expected.

The life line may also send up branches toward the various mounts. A line that goes up to Jupiter (index finger) shows a major advance in education or other activity that lead to achievement. A line toward Saturn shows the acquisition or property or material security. A line toward Apollo indicates success and public recognition, as well as love and affection. One branch moving toward Mercury (small finger) shows success in a commercial or artistic venture. However, if any of these lines are stopped at the heart line, there will be heartache when the venture fails, and if the line stops at the head line, the venture failed due to problems with planning or judgment, the mental activities.

Finger mounts were explored in greater detail in Chapter 4. These are the mounts on the palm that connect with the four fingers. The Mercury mount is the finger mount for the small finger; the Apollo mount is the base of the ring finger; the Saturn mount connects with the middle finger; and the Jupiter mount is the mount of the index finger.

Twin Lines

The life line can also have a twin line that gives the person life energy and added protection at times of trouble. This runs inside the life line and is called the Mars line.

But if the twin line is strong enough, the life line is considered a dual line, and it means that the person has a double existence. He may be a twin, but he is more likely to have two diverging interests in life that are mutually exclusive.

Markings on the Life Line

These marks are standard ones that can occur on the life line. They can also be read on the head and heart lines, with some reinterpretation to account for that area of interest.

  • Lines crossing the life line show worry in personal matters. Lines moving upward show progress and improvement in health matters.

  • Small bars or dots across the life line show obstacles that vex us at a certain time. These keep us from advancing unless we work hard to overcome them. Bars can also be known as trauma lines and signify an emotional upheaval of some kind. A series of fine bars can mean a sensitive nature rather than actual negative events.

  • A cross shows a longer lasting problem on any line, including the heart and head lines. This can mean the loss of a job, accident or other distress, and a series of these in old age can show bad health or financial ruin.

  • Islands mean that there is an area of frustration, with too many directions to explore and too few resources. They are difficult periods where physical energy is low and resistance is bad, but they can be gotten through with work and attention to maintaining strength. On a life line, an island can mean a chronic disease or other debilitating physical condition.

  • A chain of islands on any line shows energy being wasted, with resulting confusion and lack of focus. On the life line, they show poor health or many accidents.

  • A tassel, or several lines, at the end of a line means that the energy of the line is weakened. On a life line, it means ill health or weakness.

  • A fork on a line shows a decision that must be made concerning life or career as opportunities present themselves, and a branch shows that there is a link to another area of the hand whose influence will come into play.

  • A circle can mean optical problems when found on the life line, and two circles mean a more serious problem, such as blindness.

  • A line dropping into the Venus mount from the life line can mean a loss such as a death in the family.

Are you an introvert or extrovert?

A wide-ranging life line is thought by some to indicate that the person is extroverted and has a generous spirit, while a narrow and close life line shows a person that is less giving and more introverted.

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