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

distinctly shown.

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

the palm.

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

later life.

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

more certain.

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.

The Line Of Head And Its Secondary Signs The Line Of Head Joined To The Line Of Life facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail