Reading the major palmistry lines

By reading the maps of our hands, we can learn a lot about ourselves and even use it to change the path of our lives. There are many readings that can be taken from palmistry, but to start off we are going to look at finding the 4 major lines and what they mean.

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Our major lines—life line, head line, heart line, and fate line—are the riverbeds, the conduits of our energy out into the world. We want to see them stronger and deeper than all the other lines, or our efforts may feel swamped and overridden. If life, head, and heart lines are equally strong and deep, that indicates a comfortable balance between body, mind, and heart. Note whether one of these major lines is underdeveloped, paler and slighter than the others, or overdeveloped and appears to overshadow or bully the other lines.

If the dominant hand has weaker lines than the non-dominant hand, then life has thrown the owner unexpected curveballs that are hard to overcome, or the choices the owner has made have not served her well so far, and her energy has become diffused and unfocused. This is common with people who drink heavily, take drugs, or respond passively to life, but can also be found on hands of people who have dealt with shattering experiences. Do not jump to judgment. Look at the non-dominant hand for potential that can be tapped into to heal and magnify the future.

If the dominant hand has stronger lines than the non-dominant hand, then the person has made healthy choices so far, which have strengthened health, heart, or mental focus. This person can congratulate herself on her work.

For those who are ambidextrous, make fewer assumptions about which hand speaks of the past and which of the future. Note the differences between the lines on each hand and talk them over with the owner to find out which feels most relevant to her future. Ambidextrous people may show less difference between the hands, but even a fully ambidextrous person will tend to favor one hand over the other to write or to catch, and that hand will tend to show the effects of her decisions, and therefore more about her present state. If in doubt, err toward generosity, and assume that the hand with the clearest, cleanest lines speaks of her present and reflects the progress she has made so far.


Everyday Palmistry 4 major lines


The head line and life line start between the thumb and forefinger and arch toward the private edge and the base of the hand.

The heart line starts along the private edge under the little finger and reaches toward the forefinger, running from our most intimate place into the world.

The fate line starts at the base of the palm and reaches toward the fingers. Not everybody has all these lines.

The lines should always be read in relationship to the overall pattern and shape of the hand, rather than in isolation. We read the timing of the major lines from the edge of the hand inward toward the center of the palm. This means that we can tell when things have happened. For example, an event line that crosses the life line near the start of the line indicates an event that happened in the early stages of someone’s life.


If you would like to learn more about palm reading, check out Everyday Palmistry by Heather Roan Robbins.


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