Monday, February 2, 2015

The Myth of the Marriage Lines

There is a belief that hand reading can unravel the mystery behind relationships and marriage. To do this traditional palmists relied upon the so-called “marriage lines” on the edge of the palm, underneath the Mercury (Little) Finger.

The onus placed on these “magical” lines is that:

  • Each line represents an actual relationship
  • The strongest line denotes marriage
  • The higher up the “marriage line" is (towards the base of the little finger) the later the marriage or relationship. In other words, the age of the marriage is seen on these lines.
  • Absence of “marriage lines” means that the person will never get married or lacks libido
  • The “marriage line" turning upwards at its end indicates that the person will never get married
  • Faint or weak lines indicate weak relationships
  • Small vertical lines rising up from the “marriage lines” indicate children
  • Divorce is always marked on these lines either by large forks or the line plunging downwards.

My research after seeing hundreds of hands (some of these over many decades) tells me that none of the above is true. I know several people with two equally strong marriage lines who have never had more than one partner. I also know several people with the so-called children lines who have only one child. I also know someone with a long “marriage” line which turns upwards who is happily married. I also know people with weak “marriage” lines who are happily married. And I know people with normal “marriage” lines who have never married! And some with these normal lines are divorced!
Marriage line
The picture on the right shows the hand of a man who married early, had an unhappy marriage for several years and is now divorced, all before the age of 28. The "marriage line" is clear, well etched and shows no sign of divorce.

That said, if a marriage line under the Mercury finger plunges downwards and cuts the Heartline it can indicate serious heartbreak, but age cannot be read from this. And from my experience, 90% of divorcees do not have this sign. A gentle downward curve does not indicate divorce.

The "marriage line" splitting into a well marked fork can indicate differences but not necessarily divorce. One has to be cautious while reading such forks because many marriages have issues which are resolved amicably as it explained here. Or it can simply mean widely different temperaments in a fairly happy married life. Besides, I know a couple in a very unhappy marriage and neither partner has the slightest fork on the "marriage line". Both have strong and clear marriage lines!

So, if these lines are not infallible indications of marriage or relationships, where is this aspect of oneself marked?

Some people have strong influence lines on the Mount of Moon which go on to join the Fateline. This usually does indicate a strong influence of the opposite sex, and if such a line joins the Fateline it usually indicates an union. Going past it, cutting the Fateline can indicate a disappointment in love or a broken relationship. However these lines are not usually present. Their absence has no bearing on marriage or relationships.

The influence lines on the Mount of Venus, which run parallel to the lifeline are influences in the life of the person, but they are not necessarily of a partner. They can represent parents, friends, relatives or mentors or gurus. This is where you could possibly find a line representing your partner, but only if there is a close and intimate relationship over several years and the partner exerts a significant influence on the life. At times it is found on one partner, and not the other. And at times neither partner has it, though they have a reasonably happy married life. This is because happiness means different things to different people. Many couples are not emotionally dependent on each other and at times can lead fairly autonomous lives. This does not indicate unhappiness. It finally depends on the temperament of the person on whose hand these lines are found.

Divorce or serious break-ups can be found marked in some hands, on the main lines. For example if the impact of the divorce is financial ruin then the financial ruin will be marked, not the divorce. The cause of the financial trouble may not be easy to decipher.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Hand Reading of a Terrorist

This is the hand of a known terrorist. 

Is he a typical specimen of his ilk? Probably. Was I surprised to see the type of person his hand revealed him to be? Of course not. It is a hand often seen on criminals, the brute kind. Reading this hand confirmed what I (and I'm sure many others) believe - these mass murderers of innocents are not driven by religious ideals; they are not religious fanatics or religious extremists. They are not religious at all because they are driven by hatred, revenge, anger and greed, either for power or material gain. Driven as they are by these dark, and at times evil motives, they cannot be people of God, but inspired by the Devil.

The main features of this hand are the excessively developed mounts, particularly the mount of Moon, short thick fingers with the lower phalanges heavily developed and an average thumb which is conic at the tip with a very thick second phalange.

Worse is to come...the finger of Jupiter is not just short, it is also low-set, bent, with a short first phalange (if compared to the other first phalanges) and with a distinctively conic tip. And the Apollo finger is too long and the Headline is weaker (in this case less well etched) than the other lines, There also appears to be a line connecting the head and heart lines although this last was not very clear from the photographs.

Each of these signs tells a story and not a flattering one. If these signs are taken separately they do not indicate anything alarming because they point to weaknesses that can be balanced out by the strengths of personality shown elsewhere. Unfortunately, in this case the combination of signs do not paint a pretty picture.

To sum up this hand belongs to someone who is weak and unwilling to see reason. By weak it means someone who will sell out his closest aides to protect himself and that makes him a poor leader - of anything. This hand belongs to someone who cares about public opinion and wants fame and name and would be willing to take risks to get it but at the same time is likely to stoop to doing something shady - as long as he is never found out. It is people’s opinion which matters, not his own opinion of himself, which in in any case is poor. It is all about low self-esteem, lack of self-pride, and cowardice. In combination with greed, lack of reasoning powers, and high ambition, the result can never be good.

Aggression and short temper is present but this person is a mouse in his heart, inwardly frightened to come face to face with trouble and disapproval. Such a man will not hesitate to commit a crime if he feels he has the backing and support. He will hide behind someone else. Status symbols and a good life matter to him. He will not like to live a simple life.

Surely there are some good aspects to this terrorist's character? What about religious idealism? Idealism is seen on the hand, but not religious idealism. It is more a kind of stubborn righteousness which this person likes to push with brute force. A certain level of intelligence is shown as well as a reading habit. He is also quite articulate, able to use words in a clever way.

There are similarities to other famous murderers, although the individual differences make each unique. This terrorist lacks the ideals found on the hand of Hitler! Yes, even Hitler had a strong belief system! This just confirms to me that terrorists are a lot like the worst mass murderers of history, if not worse.

(The hand sketch is made by me based on a photograph of a well known terrorist)

You might also like the hand reading of  Adolf Hitler or or Kim Jong-il's hand reading

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Who is Malala Yousafzai?

Much has been written about Malala Yousafzai; glowing tributes in the west and some criticism from her countrymen, even after winning this year's coveted Nobel Peace prize. So, who is she really? A courageous girl who stood up against the Taliban to fight for education, or a puppet of the west? Or is she simply an ordinary girl who has been thrust into the limelight, someone who does not deserve her fame?

Well, her hand shows that this girl is certainly not an ordinary girl. The main features of her hand are

Monday, October 6, 2014

Can Lindsay Lohan's addictive behavior be seen on her hand?

Addictions can be of any kind, and famous stars like Lindsay Lohan (alcohol addiction), Philip Hoffman (drug addiction), David Duchovny (sex addiction), and Chris Brown (anger management) are just some examples of celebs who have been in rehab for addictive behaviors. Are there any signs on the hand which can give us a clue as to the root cause of their addictive behavior?

Lindsay Lohan for example has plump, conic shaped fingers, with the third phalanges noticeably thick. The

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Amy Winehouse - did she have suicidal tendencies?

A lot has been written about celebs and suicidal behavior. Experts have suggested that the very quality that makes a person strive for fame (self-obsession) could be a factor in their suicidal tendencies, perhaps if life does not go according to plan. It is suspected that Robin Williams was adversely affected by the diagnosis of Parkinson’s.

This self-obsession is bound to exist amongst ordinary people because after all everyone is ordinary until they achieve fame! And more people fail to achieve world-wide fame rather than succeed at it. If “...suicide and fame might be connected through psychological characteristics present in the personality...” then there would be more people who do not achieve the fame even after striving desperately for it, and so this self-obsession should exist in their personalities as well, in the personalities of non-celebs. If anything, rich celebrities

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Are Mel Gibson and Russel Crowe angry people?

Russell Crowe and Mel Gibson are two world famous actors from Australia known for their short tempers. What are the underlying issues here? Lack of self-control? Or tantrums because of their celebrity status? Or may be they are being misunderstood? The hand can tell us the inside story.

At first glance their hands seem similar - the short fingers, and the large broad firm but fleshy palms with the development of Moon, Venus and Mars mounts. The hands show a similarity in temperament, but to a very limited extent. Both these men have plenty of energy, and both are fairly excitable, moody, and yes,

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Bradley Cooper is distant but not cold

39 year old actor Bradley Cooper is another one of the perennial bachelors of Hollywood although he was married briefly. Leonardo Dicaprio is in the same boat, though never married. George Clooney is finally shedding his bachelorhood at 53, but what of Bradley Cooper?

Brad’s female fans must wonder what prevents him from being in a committed relationship. Is it because this Hollywood heartthrob is cold and manipulative as

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Robert Vadra's Hand Reading

People have wondered what the good looking scion of India’s first political family (Priyanka Gandhi) found in an ordinary man like Robert Vadra. Perhaps the hand can give us some clues.

Vadra’s hand with its fleshiness, headline type, slightly bent ring finger and the shape of the finger phalanges points to a liking for wealth. As a distinct impressionability is also shown, he is likely to get carried away by an aura around a person. These qualities do not make him a bad person but it does explain why he was drawn to Priyanka. In an Outlook article Priyanka has claimed her husband does not get carried away by anything, but it is difficult to believe that

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How much control do we have over our future?

How much control does one have over the future?

This is a question which has been asked by the readers of this blog several times.

The future changes as we change. And the lines on our hands reflect this change. So does the shape of our fingers and hands. How much depends on how much

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Maria Sharapova's hand reading

Maria Sharapova is a well known tennis player, currently ranked No. 5 in the world. One would expect that her hands would reveal not just her talent and success, but also a life which is happy and fulfilled. Well, they do. Almost.

The shape of her hand and fingers

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Gay Celebrity Hands

Elton John (singer), Ellen DeGeneres (talk show host), Neil Patrick Harris (actor), Wentworth Miller (actor), Jodie Foster (actor), Jim Parsons (actor), Matt Bomer (actor), Zachary Quinto (actor) and Ricky Martin (singer) are some of the celebrities who have come out of the closet. Is their sexual orientation marked somewhere on the hand? Or does the hand show sexual orientation of a person at all?

There are different

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Wentworth Miller's hand reading

Wentworth Miller’s hand is one of the good ones, when one compares it to that of other celebrities and successful people  It shows a calm and inwardly strong temperament. And it shows a very good heart as well.

Wentworth has claimed that he tried to kill himself when he was 15 (because of some issues regarding his sexual orientation) but when one looks for the signs of a suicidal person,