The Line Of Life And Its Variations
The Line of Life is that line which runs round the base of the thumb and
lies directly over a large blood-vessel called the great Palmer Arch.
This blood-vessel is more directly connected with the
heart, stomach, and vital organs which may have given use to its term
"The Vital," as used by the ancients.
It is reasonable to assume that it is this intimate connection with the
vital organs of the body which enables it to foretell the length of life
from _natural causes_.
If the student will bear this in mind it will make clear and plain to him
many difficulties in connection with predictions as to health and
disease, and he will follow more easily the following explanations.
The first rules to master are, that to be normal the Line of Life should
be long, clearly marked, and without any irregularities or breaks of any
kind. Such a formation would indicate length of life, vitality, freedom
from illness, and strength of constitution (1-1, Plate VIII.).
Bearing the first observation in mind it will be noticed that as the Line
of Life represents the stomach and the vital organs, when well marked
the stomach and digestion must necessarily be in a good condition.
When made up of little pieces or linked like a chain, it is a certain
sign of poor health, weak stomach and lack of vitality.
At this point I must ask the most careful attention to the following
rules--which no other book on the subject contains, and which I have not
published in any of my other writings, viz.: as the Line of Life seems
in every sense to be the representative on the hand of the body or trunk
of the man--so the position of these breaks, marks, links, or islands
denotes the portion of the body most affected.
Before we go further I must also impress on the student to grasp the fact
that every line or sign on the hand plays a dual role. By one of their
roles these lines indicate the disease the person is most liable to for
the entire run of the life, and in another role these lines indicate the
date when the illness will reach its greatest gravity.
To explain carefully this strange phenomenon of nature, I have divided
this line into sections, and although I am not
writing on astrology in these pages, yet all believers in that science
may be interested to find how wonderfully these twin sciences agree when
the comparison is pointed out by an impartial observer such as I claim to
In Plate VIII. are shown the Sections of the Line of Life with their
various tendencies divided by the mounts at the base of the fingers. This
will materially assist the student to comprehend their significance and,
together with the influence of the month of birth as set out in the
chapters on the Mounts of the Hand, will enable him to obtain
an accuracy on all matters relating to health, diseases, and dangers to
the life that up till now has never been attained.
We will now proceed to consider the details as regards the Line of Life
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