Branch lines on the palm of the hand are the more delicate lines that are attached to another line. There are usually three predominant creases on the palm that represent the mind, the emotions and the general life. These lines are rarely seen in perfect form and often have branch lines rising or dropping down from them.
There are short branch lines, and there are longer ones. Some are straight and others wavy. The type of skin that is likely to have more branch lines is the more soft and delicate skin. The tough (thick) skin usually only has the main lines like the head, life and heart lines. If the thick skin does produce a branch line, then the significance is more considerable.
It can take a careful eye to know which line is a branch and which is not. You could imagine that the lines are like a river, and the branches are the streams that escape from the main path. The life line, for example, is the path of your life. If it is smooth without deviations, breaks or branches, then the life is also smooth. It shows the subject thinks along the same lines and stays on the same track.
What do the branch lines mean?
The branches can signify various things, depending on where it is. I also see them as lines of influence or inspiration. Where the branch ends, gives the influence and the meaning of the line. The origin (where it starts) gives the idea, such as a branch from the heart line is an emotional topic. A branch from the life line is a general life matter.
Branches From the Life Line
Let’s look at the life line first. The branch might be on the inside of the line, on the thumb side. Check carefully that the line is not, in fact, a rising influence line. If the line droops directly from the life line, it is showing the energy leaving inward. This type of branch can be a sign of loss, whether financial, material, emotional or mental. We need to see the other lines for clues. You should always ask the subject if they have felt a loss in their life.
The rising lines on the inside of the life line are rare but can represent an influence or support from the family. On the outside of the line, the branch lines can vary greatly. For example, a long rising branch towards the index finger shows a time of achievement, such as the completion of a study. Lines which point towards the Mount of Moon represent the energy leaving outward. Most times, it shows a time of travel but can also be a time of change. The latter is more likely when the branch reaches towards the fate line.
Branches from the head line
Branches that rise upwards on the head line signify effort, actual events or outcomes. Mostly, the rising branches reach towards the heart line; therefore, the mind is searching for emotional support. The subject might not like to make straight out rational decisions. A branch near the end of the head line, which travels directly towards the Mount of Mercury suggests a determination to learn and communicate systematically. These people might be business-minded.
Branches drooping downwards show mental struggles, disappointments or unhappy periods. If, however, the line has a multitude of drooping lines, like the whole line looks feathered, the mental stability might be an issue. The energy is escaping the usual track, so the mind is not focused. The person might have intellectual debility, autism, ADHD, or any type of phobia or anxiety disorder. They might also have a learning disability or be suffering from depression. Whatever the case, it shows the thoughts don’t run along the same line.
Branch lines on the heart line
Rising branches reflect idealistic and happy experiences. Then can also depict someone with a keen interest in the opposite sex. Drooping branches show insecurity. If there is just one or two, it can denote disappointments, broken unions or poor-quality relationships.
If there are small drooping lines along its entire length, it can indicate a sense of failure. This type of line is often on those who have a negative attitude regards relationships. It can also be that they may be restless or hypersensitive, possibly even prone to depression.
If a single branch drops down from the end of the heart line to the beginning of the life line, the subject might have some emotional attachment to the family or a situation involving the family. The emotions are ‘pulled’ to the early years, and there might be a formidable attachment to the family, especially the mother. They might not understand or display their feelings readily.
A single branch that reaches the line of head depicts the emotions are looking for logical thought or decision. It may be that the person doesn’t always understand their feelings and so try to rationalise them. It might also be that they overthink their feelings.
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