Missing Lines on the Palm Meaning


Most palms have ‘the major’ lines; a heart line, a head line and the life line. (See photo below). I have chosen only these three to be classified as major lines, although some hand readers also like to refer to the Saturn (vertical line to the middle finger) and Apollo lines (vertical line to the ring finger) as major ones. Some missing lines on certain palms might cause confusion. Not every hand has these lines exactly. For example, you might have what is called the Simian line, where there is only one horizontal line across the hand instead of two.

The reason I do not use the Saturn and Apollo lines as major lines is that they are not always in everyone’s hands. Also, with the fact that they are most likely to change with the person’s circumstances. The major lines are what people tend to look at first when examining the palms because they are usually the longest and deepest.

Changing lines.

These lines can also subtly change over time; therefore, what is evident in your hands now, does not imply a fixed quality or event. If you are missing lines on the palm, they may just be going through change.

When using the lines for prediction, the information gathered in the past events that have led the person to be where they are now. Any lines or markings that represent the future is just an assumption, whether negative or positive. The reason is that our thoughts and desires change, new lines can form and old ones can fade.

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The Main (major) Lines

Minor lines.

The lines that are most likely to change quickly are the minor lines. They can even disappear altogether. Keeping in mind that any person can take control of their destiny, palmistry can be used to determine some consequences or guidance to our future. Accordingly, if a line shows a particular attribute, it is important to look for other indications for confirmation; as one feature can offset another.

As an example, a line that shows success for a person may indicate this as a likely conclusion. However, if other signs are against it, such as the lack of willpower, the attainment of that success may be difficult; (but not impossible). Finding adverse signs should not be seen as negative, however, but instead an incentive for making positive changes for better future outcomes.

Missing lines (Missing Saturn or Apollo line).

The Saturn line, (fate line) which travels from the base of the palm towards the middle finger, is not usually present in young children and not even in some adults.

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Saturn lines (Fate lines)

Unestablished career goals often lead to a missing fate line. However, what if you are an adult with a job? This line, in general, indicates the success of a career, whether they are settled or varying and changeable. It is not often absent in adults, but when this happens, it does not mean anything negative.

In the course of my career, I have met some people, mostly businesspeople, in whose hands the line was absent. They all were happy to say that they were ‘self-made’ men and that no fate would decide the course of their career.

Missing Apollo Line (success line)

When the Apollo line is missing, it shows some dissatisfaction in the life choices or career choices. Success is still possible, however, the person may not be happy with what they have achieved. (Some people just can never be rich enough.) So, if your Apollo line is missing, look to what you are doing and if it’s aligned with what you love in life.

Creating your journey in life.

So when you think about it, the missing lines are just an indicator of a free spirit, they do what they want, create their path and are not bound by any regiment.(article cont. below).

I created Destiny Palmistry the book for those of you who are interested in palmistry as a beginner and for those who believe there is some truth in respect to the psychoanalysis, as well as predictive aspects of reading hands. I have for this purpose included many traditional meanings as well as modern views based on my experience.

Many find it difficult to be convinced without systematic evidence and wonder why we believe in the predictive palmistry. My answer to that is, the studies of this subject, explored for centuries as a form of divination, has continued to develop in modern times. Furthermore, there is clear support for scientific research that the hands have a connection to the activity of the brain, reflecting the character and wellbeing of the person.


Sari Puhakka, expert hand analyst, writer, and artist. Sari has been studying hands for over 30 years. Destiny Palmistry is her second published book. She is originally from Toijala, Finland. Born in 1967. She emigrated to Sydney Australia in 1977 with her parents and three sisters. Since 1996, she became a mother of four children, currently residing in Queensland Australia. Sari initially wrote a  motivational book and began reading palms and cards as a hobby. Now she is the Director at Hand Analysis Australia and holds workshops and attends events for readings.

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