The Line Of Life

It is very important at the outset to consider the qualities of this very
important line. In some hands it is broad and shallow on the surface of
the hand, in others it is deep and fine; the appearance of this line is
very often deceptive, and leads students astray when they have not had
their attention called to its appearance.

The broad, shallow Line of Life often leads people to suppose that it is
a sign of a very healthy, robust constitution; but, on the contrary, such
an indication is not nearly as good a sign as a clear, thin, deep line.
The broad Life Line seems to belong to people who have more robust animal
strength, whereas the finer line relates to people who have more nerve or
will-force. Under any strain of ill-health, it is the finer line that
will hold out, whereas the broad-looking line has not the same resisting

Very broad lines on the hand denote more muscular strength than will
power, and I cannot impress this difference too strongly on the minds of
my readers. If the line is made of chain formation (1-1, Plate IX.), it
is a sure sign of a tendency to bad health, and especially so if the hand
be soft. The same marks on a hard, firm hand would not indicate as much
delicacy, because hard, firm hands denote in themselves a robust

Another important point to consider is, whether the Line of Life goes
straight up to the side of the Mount of Venus and narrows that Mount
(2-2, Plate IX.), or whether it forms a well-defined curve or semicircle
out into the palm (3-3, Plate IX.). In the first case it indicates a
naturally more delicate constitution, and less force of animal magnetism.
This explanation will be readily understood by readers when I again call
their attention to the fact that one of the most important blood-vessels
going from the body to the hand is called the Great Palmer Arch, which
carries the blood up to the hand towards the root of the thumb, and
carries the circulation back on the other side of the Arch almost
underneath the Line of Life. It will, therefore, be seen that people who
have a weaker constitution are more likely to have this Great Palmer Arch
narrower in construction than those who have a robust constitution and
strong circulation of the blood. This is the reason why, when the Mount
of Venus is large and wide on the hand, it gives rise to the idea that it
indicates a more passionate animal nature than when this mount is thin
and narrow.


While speaking on this particular point, I must also call attention to
the fact that when the Line of Head is curved downwards instead of
running straight across the palm, that it seems to be more attracted to
the qualities indicated by the Mount of Venus and gives more to the
imaginative, romantic nature, showing a greater tendency to fall in love,
than with people who possess the Line of Head running straight across the
hand, as if it were not attracted to the qualities indicated by the Mount
of Venus. It will thus be seen that every point of this study bearing on
character can be reasoned out from a logical standpoint. This places the
study upon a higher foundation than when it is considered purely from the
superstitious standpoint with which it has so long been associated.

If the Line of Life is seen to rise high on the hand towards the Mount of
Jupiter, the subject has more control over himself, and
his life is more governed by the ambitious side of his nature. When,
however, the Line of Life rises lower down on the palm, more from the
Mount of Mars, it gives less control over the temper.
When this sign is noticed, especially in the case of young persons, it
will be found that they are more quarrelsome, more disobedient, and have
less ambition in connection with their studies.

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