The lines in the hand can be divided into 3 groups: the
major lines, the minor lines and the personal lines. There
are 3 major lines to be found in the hand. These are the Life
Line, the Heart Line and the Head Line. The minor lines run
vertically in the hand and each is named for the finger under
which it terminates. Everything else is considered a personal
line. The personal lines may have names and fit into categories
though there may be some lines that are quite unique to the
individual. It is through practice and experience that the
palmist can learn how to interpret these lines.
Though most hands will have the 3 majors
and at least one or two of the minors, every hand is unique
and many of these lines will be absent from a number of the
hands you observe.
The lines in the hand change all during
the life and reflect the changes in behavior, attitude, lifestyle
and experience of the individual. Taking dated prints of the
hands provides a record of what the hands reveal at a particular
point in time.
The Major Lines
The Life Line - The Life Line begins
at the edge of the hand between the thumb and forefinger and
arcs downward around the thumb area. Contrary to popular belief,
this line does not indicate length of life. It does identify
vitality, robustness or weakness, enthusiasm for living and
state of health.
The Head Line - The head line begins
at or near the beginning of the Life Line and moves horizontally
across the hand. It represents mental capacity and the intellectual
style. The length of the line indicates amount of time spent
in the realm of thoughts. A curvy Head Line is a sign of an
intuitive thinker while the very straight line indicates a
The Heart Line - The Heart Line begins
under the little finger (Mercury) and moves across the upper
palm. The Heart Line reveals the style of relating, the degree
of sensitivity of an individual and the emotional history.
If the Heart Line sits low in the hand, it is an indication
that the heart rules the head. If the line is very straight
it shows a person who intellectualizes the emotions.
The Simian Line - Some hands have
only 1 line moving horizontally across the upper hand, a combination
of the usual 2 lines representing head and heart. This marking
is known as the Simian Line. With the Head and Heart lines
running together, the emotional and mental functions do not
operate separately. Those who possess this line exhibit intensity
The Minor Lines
The Line of Saturn - The Saturn Line
begins just above the wrist and moves up the hand to the middle
finger. It is commonly known as the Fate Line. This line represents
the career, the measure of personal success and the subject's
attitude toward handling responsibility.
The Line of Apollo - This line is
also known as the Line of the Sun. It appears under the finger
of Apollo, the ring finger. The presence of the Line of Apollo
indicates artistic talent. This line is often short, rising
just above the Heart Line and may not appear on the hand at
The Line of Mercury - The Line of
Mercury may sometimes be referred to as the Line of Health
or the Line of Inner Dialogue. It may not appear on the hand
but when it does it rises from the base of the hand and angles
up to the Mound of Mercury under the little finger. When present
this line will give information about the subject's nervous
system. It is also an indication that the individual is seeking
a path of self-improvement or spiritual growth.