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All The Different Lines On Your Hands And What They Mean

Updated March 7, 2019 10.2k views12 items

Palmistry is the age-old art of reading and interpreting the lines of the hands and fingers. This list is an introductory palmistry guide, a beginner's way to understand what the lines on your hand mean and what they say about your personality, character, and future. While there are a variety of ways to read palms, most professionals agree that the lines of a person's dominant hand illustrate insights into their life, while the lines of the non-dominant hand illuminate their personality, character, and destiny. In general, palmistry is considered more predictive than other practices such as astrology, though both can inform you about your strengths and weaknesses, as well as the direction you're heading.

Palm reading predates most mainstream religions. Its practice stretches back to the bygone era through many different cultures, including ancient Israel, India, and China. Because of its association with the supernatural, palmistry became banned by the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages - in fact, the practice is still taboo in many mainstream religious circles. By the 19th century, palm reading experienced a resurgence, and an Irish palm reader named Cheiro became world-famous for his abilities and clientele, which included Mark Twain, Grover Cleveland, Mata Hari, and Thomas Edison.

Let's examine the meanings of different lines on your hand.

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  • Heart Line

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    The heart line is a relatively straight line beginning under either the index or middle finger and running towards the pinky. Its name can be understood both figuratively and literally: it encompasses all matters relating to love - and the deeper the line, the deeper the heart's passions, affections, and pains. The line can also be an indicator of heart health, as a deeper line represents a strong, healthy heart, while a lighter or broken line is a red flag for potential cardiac issues.

    Several other interpretations also persist: a long line denotes a free and open heart, easy and quick to love; a short line indicates a certain degree of selfishness regarding love; a curved line indicates sensitivity and depth in relationships; and a straight line represents a preference for passivity in romance.

  • Head Line

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    The head line starts between the thumb and index finger, extending over the palm horizontally toward the other edge. Also known as the wisdom line, the head line tells you about your intellectual tendencies. Those with deep, long head lines possess a high degree of focus and can follow complex trains of thought.

    Other readings persist as well, such as a straight line means you are logical and organized in your thinking (and maybe a little materialistic); a wavy line indicates struggles between one's logic and emotions, as well as a possible short attention span; a faint line is the sign of a daydreamer; and a head line branching upward foretells career success, while a downward-branching line indicates a coming disappointment or sadness.

  • Life Line

    Perhaps the most famous of all the hand's lines, the life line is situated between the thumb and index finger, extending downward towards the area where the thumb connects to the wrist. Contrary to popular belief, the life line does not predict how long you will live, but instead reflects the quality of your life. A long, deep line represents longevity, good health, and balance. A short, deep line reveals an innate ability to overcome physical barriers and limitations.

    A few other popular understandings of the life line: a faint line equals an uneventful life; a line resembling a chain warns of physical or psychological problems; and an absent line signifies an anxious personality.

  • Fate Line

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    The name fate line - sometimes referred to as the line of destiny - is something of a misnomer, unless you think of your work as part of your destiny. Most palm readers consider the fate line to be tied to your career and general feelings about work. The line starts at the middle-bottom of the palm by the wrist and moves vertically upward toward the middle finger's base. If you can't find it, never fear - not everyone has a fate line, which can be an indication of a carefree life or an ongoing struggle to find satisfaction in work. A long, deep fate line represents career success. An "X" on the fate line means a sudden increase in wealth.

    Here are a few other notable insights regarding the fate line: a broken fate line is correlated with frequent job changes; tiny lines shooting upward off the fate line denote great earning potential; and if the fate line is located in the absolute center of the hand, you are balanced in work and life, fulfilled to a satisfying extent by both your job and material possessions.