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Easy-Peasy Palmistry - part two

By Johnny Fincham

We’ll complete your hand reading education in this issue by covering the main lines on the palm. They change throughout your lifetime, getting longer or shorter and fading or getting bolder over the years.

The hand shape, skin texture and fingers (which we covered last time) form the fixed, inherited potential of a person; the lines are the individual’s expression of whatever potential they have. Begin by comparing the main lines on both palms (there will probably be other lines visible alongside the main ones, but these are less important). Look to see how different the lines are between the active and passive palms.

If on an adult, the palm lines on both hands are more or less identical, it means the person hasn’t developed and changed a great deal, even though they may have had three children, four husbands and seven jobs.

If the lines are very different – the person has and will change enormously as they age. A few pointers will help you interpret the lines easily. The lines should ideally be clear and easily visible, without chains and breaks.

Straight, red lines are strong torrents of energy, showing a person who is direct and vigorous in nature.

Curved, faint lines are found on more delicate and complex people. If the palm is criss-crossed with hundreds of lines, this shows a high level of stress. It’s known as a ‘full’ hand. It shows a person with an abundance of nervous energy who’s easily overloaded. Always advise them not to take on too much.

Where there are only four, deep lines on the palm, the personality isn’t terribly complex. This is known as an ‘empty hand.’ It shows someone focused within certain mental limits who’s concrete about what they know. They like to be plain and straightforward in dress, manner and thinking.

The major lines should be balanced in terms of how strong and clear they are. If any one line stands out as substantially thicker and bolder, this should ideally be the Vitality line. If not, a person’s life may be out of balance – they’re easily overwhelmed by mental stress, by their emotions or by the demands of work. If any major line crosses the palm from side-to-side or from the base to the top - this creates an obsessive personality. Lines, or offshoots of lines that reach upwards (towards the fingers) indicate optimism, idealism and positive attitudes and events.

Lines, or offshoots of lines that plunge downwards are linked to depression, loss, draining energy and negative experiences. A break in a line shows an interruption in someone's life. If the two parts of the line overlap, they'll move quickly into new experiences; if there's a large gap with no overlap, they'll cease to function and, for the period of the gap, be particularly vulnerable to breakdown and illness.

Always check the quality of a line after a the point where it breaks. If the line becomes clearer, whatever experience caused the break will eventually prove to have been beneficial. Islands and a chained effect in a line indicate an inability to cope with a situation, confusion and stress.

Forked lines indicate diversity. Little bar lines cutting across major lines represent exterior obstacles blocking one’s path – like fences to be climbed over. Each line has a traditional name and a modern one. Both are given in each case. Every line has a symbolic metaphor, which makes it easier to understand.


This is the one that strikes fear into people with its reputation of being related to how long one will live! The vitality line isn’t about length of life at all but more the resources of stability and energy an individual has. Think of this line is as a root. It curves around the thumb ball, embedding itself into the base of the palm, creating stability for the personality to thrive. It draws energy, nourishment and vitality into the body, establishing a sense of security.

It’s hugely important in terms of a person being stable and energetic. Physically, it represents the digestive process. If this line’s weak and broken, it doesn’t mean a person will die young. It does mean however, poor energy levels and someone who’s easily uprooted. A weak vitality line would show a someone insecure, restless and nervous; they’ll lack energy, and move house a lot. It’s a sure sign of digestive problems.

A break on the line shows someone being uprooted – a major life shift: relocation, divorce, ill health, emigration or other interruption in stability. If the line’s weak on the passive hand, the person had an insecure upbringing. Perhaps the parents moved around a lot, or family life was unstable. There would have been no sense of permanence. This line becomes stronger if a person can establish fixed, regular patterns of eating, sleeping and exercising. A branch at the bottom end of this line shows a need for adventure and to explore new horizons.

LINE OF EMOTION (Heart line)

The line of emotion is like a river that allows feeling, intuition, empathy, emotions and ideals to flow within us. Its course runs from the palm edge under the little finger towards the index digit. The stronger the line, the stronger the emotions. Deep, red lines show passionate people - faint, chained lines show folk reticent with their feelings.

If this line is short, it will end somewhere below the middle finger. This shows a person unable to feel strongly about anyone, who’s hard to be intimate with. They’ll find it difficult to relate to others and will probably prefer the company of pets instead. If the line crosses the palm completely from side-to-side it shows an emotional compulsive who responds to everyone’s needs except their own.

This is often seen on carers and therapists. A line of emotion which ends between the index and middle fingers has a strongly defined sexuality, and a romantic outlook. A line that drops down towards the line of vitality shows someone emotionally clingy, repressive and potentially jealous; one that can’t let go. Where the line drops or curls back on itself it’s found on people who like to disguise their emotions. Branches at the end of this line indicates someone emotionally complex, who needs a lot of friends from different social groups.

LINE OF INDUSTRY (Fate line/Saturn line)

This is the most variable of the main lines and is often only partially present. It’s common for it not to develop properly until a person is in their twenties or thirties. Try to see it as the road a person walks toward their own fulfilment.

The line of industry creates a sense of character and defines personal goals. Until you have such a line it’s difficult to know yourself, or to be clear about what you want to do. Your lifestyle, habits, values and loyalties are all shown by the presence of this line. If the line’s missing it can be developed by defining personal goals and sticking to them.

A straight line of industry down the centre of the palm shows a balanced personality with an early sense of maturity. If the line starts joined to the vitality line, a practical, conventional lifepath has been chosen. This is common on people who are working in governmental or institutional jobs or those that are guided by parental aspirations. When the line starts deep in the bottom corner of the palm, on the opposite side to and well away from the vitality line, a person puts their own needs first.

This shows someone rebelling against the family’s influence on work and lifestyle. It’s very common in the arts, in social and creative vocations and in the self-employed. It indicates a person who works with people and who draws on their social skills and friendships in life. A weak, scratchy line shows difficulty and stress in finding oneself and establishing personal goals.


The line of consciousness is about the way we think and this is a huge aspect of our personality. Imagine this line as a light beam showing how far, how clearly and how bright mental illumination is. The longer this line extends across the palm, the further mentally one shines a light into future possibilities and the more that is taken into consideration in making any decision.

Long lines (ending under the little finger) are philosophical and take a long view of things. Short lines (ending under the middle finger) are go-getters, focused on their immediate situation. They’re good at applied skills. Clear, red, lines are found on highly effective characters.

Weak, poorly-formed lines of consciousness are found on timid, chaotic-minded folk. They find it hard to concentrate on anything. A straight line of consciousness is level-headed and unsentimental. A line that crosses the palm completely shows an obsessive mind. A line that drops deep into the bottom corner of the palm shows a solitarily, introverted person. This is often someone who spends a lot of time alone.

That’s it! If you want to learn palmistry to professional level, read Johnny Fincham’s book: ‘Palmistry – Apprentice to Pro in 24 hours’ from ‘O Books’ (ISBN 978 1 84694 047 7)