The Line Of Head And Its Variations
The Line of Head, or indication of the Mentality of the
subject, must in all cases be considered as the most important line on
the hand. The greatest attention should be paid to it, so as to obtain a
clear grasp of the Mentality under consideration.
The two hands must be carefully compared--the left showing the inherited
tendencies, the right the developed or cultivated qualities. The
slightest change or deviation in the markings from the left to the right
should be carefully noted down or remembered.
The direction or the termination or end of the line should, above all, be
distinctly noted, for the all-important reason that this shows the
direction that the Mentality is inclined to develop towards. For example,
if found with the end of the line sloping downwards in the left hand, and
having become straight or lying across the palm in the right--the student
is safe in concluding that the subject has not been able to follow his
natural bent, but by the force of circumstances has been obliged to make
himself more practical, to study business methods, and to have undertaken
a training towards practicality and level-headedness in order to rise
equal to the circumstances that he found himself forced to meet.
In this way the student obtains an insight into the earlier conditions of
the life under examination that is invaluable, especially when there is,
as will be found in many cases, no Line of Destiny visible in the early
If, on the contrary, the Line of Head is found exactly in the same
position on the right hand as on the left, or even very nearly so, the
student can be sure that there was little or no strain in the early
years, but that the subject had easy conditions which were favourable,
and which allowed him to develop his natural bent of Mentality.
If, however, it is found that the left hand shows a forked ending to the
Line of Head, namely, one end sloping downwards and the other end
straight, or nearly so, and that the right hand shows only the straight
line, then the student may decide that the subject inherited from the
parents two natures, the imaginative and the practical, and that he chose
to develop the latter, either in the direction of business or science.
In such a case, the student may state with confidence that the parents of
the subject were decidedly opposite in their characteristics. If the line
has become straight in the right hand the subject takes more after the
side that was practical.
In the case of boys or men it must be remembered that they will take more
after their mother's mental peculiarities, and in the case of girls or
women that they more generally take after the mental qualities of the
On a man's left hand that has the forked ending with the upper end
straight, or nearly so, the student can state that the mother was the
more practical of the parents. If on the right hand the same mark has
become clearest the man developed, followed, or cultivated the mental
qualities of the mother more than those of the father. When reading a
woman's hand the reverse will apply.
If, on the contrary, the lower line was the more developed on the right
hand, then the subject, if a man, had developed the imaginative or
artistic qualities of the mother, and _vice versa_ if the subject be a
girl or a woman.
When the Line of Head looks light or faint on the left, and strong and
clear on the right, the student can safely state that the subject did not
inherit any strong mental bent from either parent, but has cultivated and
developed his own mentality.
In such a case the subject has been a hard mental student, and has become
mentally superior to his or her parents. This is often found in the case
of "self-made" men or women, who have had little or no education in their
early life or in their home, but who from an innate love of education
developed themselves mentally. Such a sign would speak volumes for the
will power and ambition of the subject under examination.
If the Line of Head is lighter and poorer on the right hand than on the
left, the student can state that the subject has not made the most of his
opportunities mentally, and that he has not, and never will, equal the
brain power and education of his or her parents.
In such a case one may also be sure that the subject has not a very
strong will power--at least mentally--although he might be very obstinate
by nature, which will be seen from the quality exhibited by the nail
phalange of the thumb.
A poor or non-developed Line of Head in the right hand of any man or
woman is also the indication of a lack of purpose or ambition--there
being no ambition where a want of mental desire and development is so
A clean cut deep Line of Head is a more powerful sign of mentality than
when the line is very broad, or lying, as it were, merely on the surface
of the palm.
A wide broad line shows less concentration and a more vacillating
changeable nature. This rule applies with equal truth to all the lines on
Broad, coarse-looking lines are more a constitutional sign than a mental
indication. They are often found in cases where the subject leads a
robust outdoor life, and those who have developed the physical side of
their nature more than the mental.
Great brain workers usually have thin, fine, clean-looking lines, and
especially that of the Line of Head.
It will thus be seen that by observation the student will be enabled to
class the sort of life led by the person under examination. No matter how
intellectual a man or woman may look, the lines on the hand will indicate
whether or not they have developed their intellectuality. In this way it
will be seen that a study of the hand becomes a far more accurate guide
than the study of the face. Many men and women may have handsome,
intellectual faces and yet prefer sport or outdoor life to any mental
pursuit or exercise.
Turning from an examination of the direction of ending of the Line of
Head, the student must next examine the indications of the beginnings of
this important Line. For example, the Line of Head may commence in three
distinct different ways.
(1) From inside the Line of Life
(2) Joined to the Line of Life
(3) And outside the Line of Life
The first is the most uncertain of all. It denotes an over-sensitive,
over-cautious, timid person. It also indicates a highly nervous, easily
excited individual, one who has little control over himself or his
temper, who is easily put out over trifles, and liable to do the most
erratic things, or fly off at a tangent when irritated. Such people are
always in trouble, generally fighting or quarrelling with those about
them and over things that are of no consequence. They are likewise so
easily wounded in their feelings, that even a look or an imagined slight
will put them out of humour or upset them for days.
If this Line of Head farther out in the palm become straight, it denotes
that the subject will, later, by the development of his intelligence
largely overcome this failing of over-sensitiveness. If the line slope
much or bend down towards the wrist or on to the Mount of Luna (the Mount
of Imagination), then the subject will become still worse with his
advancing years. If the Line of Head is also poorly marked, or with
"hairlines" from it, it is often the indication of some form of insanity
which is likely to cause the subject to be placed under restraint in
If, with this latter indication, the student also finds all the upward
main lines, such as the Line of Destiny, etc., fading out past the middle
of the palm, the indication of insanity and restraint becomes all the
This class of Head Line is largely found in cases where the subject is
naturally inclined towards drink and intemperance of every description.
Even in cases where there are good lines running up the palm, it will
usually be found that the subject gives way to occasional fits of
intemperance or the desire for drugs. The qualities of the fiery Mount of
Mars, from which such a Line of Head starts inside the Life Line, is
largely the cause of the peculiarities above indicated. The opposite
Mount of Mars on the side of the hand, on the contrary, gives
mental control, so that even when the Line of Head runs out straight on
the palm it partakes of this "Mental Mars" quality, and so denotes that
later on in years the subject with such a Line of Head will be able to
develop mental control. The sloping Line of Head, however, would denote
that the subject allows himself to turn, as it were, away from mental
control, and so lets the earlier tendencies become his master.
This point alone is worthy of the consideration of all parents, and if
observed by them would do much to help such children to develop mental
control over themselves. The accompanying plates show this formation of
the Line of Head in all its variations.
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