There are many lines on the palm. Those which are found on most hands are called the Main Lines. Those found on only some hands are known as Secondary Lines. Nomenclature of the main and secondary lines would be found in works on palmistry, but there are many other lines which have not been given any names. They are generally called the Lines of Influence or Chance. The part of the brain connected with a particular mount on which such a line starts is more active than others. The line or mount towards with a line of influence moves has more attraction in the life of that individual. These lines give rise to figures, known as cross, star or island. These figures are called the signs of the palm. What these signs signify would be dealt with latex under Recap. Let us first discuss the main and secondary lines and their characteristics.

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The Line of Life (See Fig. 3/1)

According to the ancient science of India, the Samudrika Shastra, this line is called the Gotra Rekha, or the Pitri Rekha and represents the family. Western palmists, however, call it the line which indicates the physical capacity of a person. They judge a person's age, possibility of diseases etc. from this line, but the experience of the author is that it also indicates, health, wealth, change of residence, partnerships and the family too. If the Line of Life is semi-circular, thin and deep, it is an auspicious sign. A thick, shallow and straight line of life is not auspicious. A straight line of life is given in Figure 3/2.
This line starts from a place between the Aggressive Mars and the Mount of Jupiter and ends near centre of wrist line The Bracelet. Sometimes it is found originating from the Mount of Jupiter or the Aggressive Mars or the centre of the palm, it also ends on the Mount of Venus or the Mount of the Moon. It takes on the characteristics of the mounts from which ii starts or those at which it ends.

Line of Head (See Fig. 3/3)

According to Samudrika Shastra, it has been called the Matri Rekha or the Dhana Rekha. Western palmists, however, call it the Line of Head. It is indicative of the mental level or the intelligence of a person. Whether a person would have money or not is also divined from a study of this line. If one goes a little deeper into things one finds that intelligence or a person's mental level has something to do with whether he would have money or not. If a person loses the capacity to act intelligently, he is sure to lose whatever money he has and, conversely, using one's wits fully can lead to affluence. This line generally originates from a point between the Aggressive Mars and the Mount of Jupiter and terminates at the Defensive Mars, but in most palms it is seen beginning from the Mount of Jupiter or the Aggressive Mars of the Line of Life and terminates at the Mount of Mercury or the Mount of Luna. The point of origin and the point of termination of the line enter into its effect on the life of the individual.

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Line of Heart (See Fig. 3/4)

According to the Samudrika Shastra it is the Line of Life and questions regarding health and longevity are answered with reference to it. It begins from the Mount of Mercury and ends at the Mount of Saturn or the Mount of Jupiter. Western palmists believe it to be the line of emotions, which include love, anger, friendship etc. All the Western palmists are not agreed on its points of origin and termination. The experience of the present author is that this line indicates the emotional state of the individual, his love life and his health. It originates from the Mount of Jupiter and ends somewhere between the Mount of Mercury and the Defensive Mars. In some palms, it originates from the Mount of Saturn and terminates towards the Mount of Mercury.

Other Facets of These Three Lines

According to the Samudrika Shastra the Line of Heart indicates the condition of the spouse, the Line of Head tells about the maternal side of a person's life and the Line of Life is consulted to see, how the paternal side fares. But a lot of further research in this is indicated and research is a never-ending process. We have on the basis of our experience indicated in this work the points of origin and those where the lines terminate. Fig. 3/5 shows all these three main lines together.

Line of Saturn (See Fig. 3/6)

According to Samudrika Shastra it is called the Urdhwa or Indira Rekha. Western palmists, however, consider this as the line of fate or of. Prosperity. We call it the line of Saturn because it inclines towards the Mount of Saturn. One can answer questions like a person being in possession of worldly goods from a study of this line. It also indicates possibilities of marriage and Iove for an individual. If this originates from the Line of Life it is considered to be very good. If it originates horn the middle of the palm near the wrist, a little away from the Line of Life, it is good. But if this line originates from a point very near the Line of Life it is not good at all. This line also originates from the Mounts of Moon and Venus, but its effect shows when it straightens and enters the area of the Mount of Saturn.

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According to Samudrika Shastra, the area lying between the base of the middle finger and the wrist is the area controlled by Saturn (See Fig. 3/7). The Line of Saturn indicates possibility of wealth. But its effect is seen only when there is another parallel line a little away, or when this Line of the Sun originates, The line which is close to the Line of Saturn is called the Kuthar Rekha (axe line) which interferes with the success of efforts to gain the worldly goods.

Line of Sun (See Fig. 3/8)

This is a subsidiary of the Line of Saturn. According to Samudrika Shastra it is called variously as the Dharma Rekha, the Vidya Rekha and the Punya Rekha. It starts from the wrist, the line of life, the line of Saturn or the Mount of the Moon. It inclines towards the Mount of the Sun. This line indicates the success of one's efforts, whether in the acquisition of wealth, politics, a court case, travel or a love affair. A person gets his heart's desire at the time of its coming on the scene. We shall deal with estimating the time when we come to the part of the book where we recap what we have written in this part.

Line of Mercury (See Fig. 3/9)

Samudrika Shastra calls it the Arogya or Swastitya Rekha. Western palmists call it the line of health or the Hepatica (concerned with the health of the liver). Palmists do not agree on its origin or its effect. But the experience of the present author is that this line indicates the sharpness of intelligence or his business sense. It originates from the Mount of Venus, or the Line of Life, the Line of Saturn or the Mount of the Moon and it terminates at the Mount of Mercury. A clear, well-defined line indicates intelligence and good health. A broken-up Line of Mercury is an indication of indifferent health and confused thinking.

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Line of Mars (See Fig. 3/10)

Some palmists believe that it is a line of influence of the Mount of Venus. It is a parallel line within the Line of Life. If it is very near the line of life or if it is very deep it indicates the extent to which a person is subject to fits of anger. If it is away from the Line of Life the person is likely to be of an equable temper. It also indicates the state of marital relations. It originates from the Aggressive Mars, runs parallel to the Line of Life towards the Mount of Venus and terminates at the wrist or the Mount of Venus.

Lines of Sexuality or Marriage Lines (See Fig. 3/11)

We have called the line popularly known as the Marriage Line as the Line of Sexuality, because it indicates relationships of an individual which are connected with sex. Such a relationship might continue without religious sanction for a long time. This line originates from the percussion (outer part of the palm) near the Mount of Mercury and is inclined towards it.
If the line is straight, it is generally indicative of a good marital relationship or an enduring love affair. If this line inclines towards the Heart Line it indicates an interruption with marital relations or ill health of the spouse. If this line inclines towards the little finger, the spouse is likely to have a long life, This Ii le may not be a single one, but there might be two or even three such lines. But it does not mean that a person would have as many marriages or love affairs. We will deal with this subject of marriage in detail in the second part of the book. It would suffice here to point out that sexual or marital relations or love affairs are not to be inferred from this line alone. One must study the line of Mars, the line of Saturn, the Line of the Sun, the Mount of Venus and the Mount of Jupiter before answering any questions about marriage or its break-up. Many formulae to help you answer such queries are given in the second part of the book.
According to Samudrika Shastra, the heart line on the left palm of the man concerns his wife and the same line on the right palm of the woman concerns her husband. But not many proofs are available about the effect of the lines according to this theory.

Line of Children (See Fig. 3/12)

The vertical lines over the line of marriage are, according to Western palmists, the lines of children. But the experience of the author is that these lines are not true indicators of the children a person is likely to have. According to the Samudrika Shastra questions about children can be answered with reference to the circular shape of the Line of Life, the number of islands at the base of the thumb, the branches at the end of the Heart Line and the parallel lines near the base of the thumb. For details see under appropriate heads in Part II.

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Bracelets (See Fig. 3/13)

Lines along the breadth of the wrist are known as bracelets, because they resemble the ornament of that name. According to Samudrika Shastra questions regarding longevity and health are answered with reference to the bracelets, but Western palmists do not attach much importance to them. We shall, at a later stage, indicate the effect that the bracelets have.


These lines are not found on most palms and that is why they are known as Secondary Lines.

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The Girdle of Venus is the semi-circular line enveloping the mounts of Saturn and the Sun (See Fig. 3/14). If Venus, Moon and the Aggressive Mars on a palm are well-developed and the number of lines on the palm is small, it indicates a surfeit of sexuality. If this girdle is found on a thin palm with a large number of lines, it is indicative of worries which beset the owner of such a hand. If the girdle is incomplete, its effect is minimal.

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The Ring of Saturn (See Fig. 3/15) is a semi-circular line. If it bisects the line of Saturn, it indicates hurdles in a person becoming wealthy at the point of time in the life. In the alternative, it shows deep interest in subjects of the occult.
The Ring of Solomon indicates the amount of sagacity in a person and his desire for esteem in the eyes of others (See Fig. 3/15). There are other lines too on the Mount of Jupiter in addition to the Ring of Solomon. They are called the lines of Jupiter and help a person to get: his heart's desire. If lines coining from different directions bisect each other they form a cross. This cross also is a sign of success.

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Line of Intuition if found on a palm, indicates great amounts of intuition in a person. This semi-circular line goes from the Mount of the Moon towards the Mount of Mercury (See Fig 3/16). If the Mount of the Moon is well-developed, the effect of this line is heightened, but, if it is incomplete and the Mount of the Moon is not developed, its effect is reduced greatly. The semi-circular lines of influence going from the Line of Life to the Mount of the Moon are also called Lines of intuition (See Fig.3/16) but their effect is minimal.

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Via Lasciva is a circular line between the Mount of the Moon and the Mount of Venus (See Fig. 3/17) and is parallel to the tine of Mercury (See Fig. 3/17). If either of these two lines is found on a heavy hand, it is indicative of excessive sexuality. Occurring on a thin or flabby hand, it is a sign of weakness for drugs. Study Figures 3/16 and 3/17 carefully so that you can distinguish between the Line of intuition and the Via Lasciva.

Travel Lines (Fig. 3/18)

The mounts of the Moon and Mercury have a special affinity for travel. Lines which emanate from the wrist and go towards the Mount of the Moon are generally called Travel Lines (See Fig. 3/18), but travel does not depend on these lines alone. We shall come to the signs on the palm later which indicate travel.

Axe Line (Kuthar Rekha) and the Parallel Line

A line very near a main line is called an axe lint 11 tends to reduce the beneficial effect of that main line. If such a line runs parallel a distorted line, it reduces the ill effects of that line. But a line which is a little distance away from the main line it is called a parallel line. A parallel line has the effect of accentuating the influence of that line. For example, if the Line of Mars is very near the line of life, it would be an axe line of that line. But, if it is a little distance away, it is a parallel line. If the Line of Saturn is very near the Line of Life, that period of life represented by that line is the period of the axe line. When the distance between these two lines increases, the effect of the Line of Saturn is heightened. The Line of the Sun is a parallel line of the Line of Saturn, but lines very near the latter on the right or Ole lift are axe lines for it (the Line of Saturn).

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Worry Lines (Rahu Rekhas) (Fig. 3/19)

Worry Lines (Rahu Rekhas): If the influence line emerges from the Aggressive Mars and intersects the Line of Life, the Line of Saturn or the Head Line, it indicates worries of a serious nature (See Fig. 3/19). If it stops short: of touching the main line, worries are of a minor nature. Some palmists call them the Rahu Lines. If a worry line reaches the Mount of Jupiter, the Mount of Saturn, the Mount of Apollo or the Sun, or the Mount of Mercury, it strengthens the effect of that mount. For example, the worry line which reaches the Mount of Jupiter gives a person esteem in the eyes of his peers, the one touching the Mount of Saturn gives wealth and prosperity, the one going to the Mount of the Sun gives fame and the one which touches the Mount of Mercury gives success in business and science.
If the worry line coming from the Mount of Venus goes upto the Line of Saturn or the Line of life, it is indicative of anxieties for which the family of a person is responsible (See Fig. 3/19), Worry lines which intersect the main. lines are indicative of serious worries. The time when such worries would beset the person concerned can be calculated according to at what point of time the worry line intersects the Line of Saturn or the Line of Life. If there is no line on the Aggressive Mars or the Mount of Venus, the person does not have much attachment with his family. He is alone in the struggle for life.

An Auspicious Parallel Line(Fig. 3/20)

If a line emerges from the Line of Life and follows the path of the Line of Mars, it is called a line of Extra Fortune (See Fig. 3/20). The line emanating from the Mount or Jupiter and running parallel to the Heart Line is also known as the Extra Fortune Line (See fig. 3/20). But I call them the auspicious parallel lines. Let it be repeated here that a line a short distance away from the main line tends to increase the effect of the latter.

Quality of the Lines

Thin and deep lines are auspicious. A line not very deep, but broad is inauspicious. The strength of a shallow line is meagre. If you want to find out the difference between a shallow and a deep line, stretch it. If a line vanishes on stretching, it is shallow line, but that which remains visible under this condition is a deep line. It is good if a line of influence is shallow. If the main lines on a palm are broad and very deep, their effect is ordinary. If a line is thick at one place and thin at another, fortune smites on the person at the time of life when the line becomes thin. The stopping of the thick line is also an indication of good fortune.
When you are studying a palm and find that a line has stopped short of its destination, do not think that it is a sign of misfortune. First see whether the line is, thin and deep at the place it has stopped or thick and deep. In the latter case all obstacles to a person's fortune disappear at the time the line has stopped. If the thin and deep line has stopped it is an indication of no new sources of income appearing, but greater income from the existing ones. Broken down lines and those intersected by the lines of influence are a sign of fluctuations in a .man's fortunes, of what he is likely to gain or to lose.
It must be remembered that the only intersection of a main line by a line of influence is considered intersection. The main or secondary lines follow their paths and any intersection on the way cannot be considered to be a cross.

Other Facts About the Lines

If there are only the three main lines, namely, the Line of Life, the Line of the Head and the Heart Line on a palm, it is a sign of an ordinary life for the individual. If a person is born in a rich or a poor family, his fortunes would follow the fortunes of his family in the ordinary course. There are not many fluctuations in his life. Such persons do not have high ambitions, nor have they any interest in the arts.

If the main lines are thin and deep, a person is usually successful. If there are secondary main lines on the palm too, the person is ambitious. The life of an ambitious person is full of struggle, He tries to do better than what his family has been able to achieve in the way of worldly success.

If there are many lines of influences on a palm in addition to main lines and secondary lines, it mean that the person's mind is active in various directions. If the lines on the active hand are inauspicious as compared to those on the inactive hand, a person might spoil his chances of success because of a wrong decision.

Further on, we are going to use, tent like "defective" line, "auspicious" line, "descending" line and "ascending" line. Let us define them and understand their true Significance.

A DEFECTIVE line includes any of the following : an incomplete line, a wavy line, a line composed of many segments, cross made on a line by a line of influence, thick line, and indistinct line.

An AUSPICIOUS line is a thin, deep line or one which is ascending or has branches.

An ASCENDING LINE means a line going from the wrist to the fingers, like the Line of Saturn.

A DESCENDING line is one which goes from the fingers to the wrist like the Line of Life.

A HORIZONTAL line is one which lies in the middle of the palm in its width, like the Line of Head.

A CIRCULAR line is one which is slightly circular like the Life line, the Line of Mars, the Line of Intuition, and the Lasciva.

If a part of the line is depressed or there is a well-marked depression on it, that part of the line should be considered as defective. If there is a depression on a mount, the mount is inauspicious to the extent of the depression.