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Broken Life Line Meaning in Palm Reading

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In palmistry, the lines on the palm have significance in that they can reveal your experiences in life. One line that is often a concern for people, is the line of life. So when there is a broken life line, it might seem more concerning because it doesn’t appear in the normal form.

The first line a person looks at on the palm is typically the line of life. It is also frequently the most prominent line on the palm as it arcs around the mount of Venus (ball of the thumb), reaching somewhere near the wrist. The line of life is not an indicator of longevity. However, what it does reveal is the quality and change in life. It can also reveal your personality.

To judge how a person manages their world; we observe the condition of the line. Ideally, it is well-defined without deviations or markings. In the present day, however, that is not likely to occur due to busy and demanding lives. The line of life also indicates the subjects’ physical strength and health during various periods of life.

Reading the Broken Life Line

A broken life line is when a section of the line is missing before the line continues. It might also look like two parallel lines. Sometimes the line appears to be short but it is actually continuing through the fate line. The type of broken line which is most unfavourable is when the line appears to stop as if a part of it is gone. When this kind of break occurs, it is almost without a doubt, a period of uncertainty. You might have to ask the subject if there is something going on in their life that might affect their normal ways.

A clean break may be showing that change is necessary; whether due to relocation, illness, accident or other experience, it serves as a cautionary to take more care during that time. The reason why a break in a line depicts change is that the proper flow of the energy is interrupted, leaving a space that may necessitate a decision for transformation or a breather in life.

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An overlapping break

An overlapping break shows a planned change. This type of break might occur when the person is preparing to move to another country or make a drastic change in their personal life. The break does not mean the same thing for everyone.

Before assuming any specific event, you must look for clues on the other lines. For instance, if there is a planned career change that affects life, then the fate line will also show a break. If the change is related to relationships, there might be signs on the heart line. Also, see if there are any stress lines present? If so, the change might be to get away from the past stress.

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When a line continues actively after the break, it shows the usual flow of things is resumed, indicating a positive transition. If not, look for a bridge line (often very faint) that connects to the fate line. In many cases, the fate line acts as a life line to support the shift in a new direction.

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Also, see if there are sister lines on one or both sides of the broken life line; these lines give support to an otherwise uncertain period. A line on the inside of the life line would show family support and on the outside from a non-related source. If the break happens to overlap another part of the line, it often indicates a planned change.

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Markings on the line of life

When dealing with markings on the major lines, study all other marks in the hands to compare the main lines at the same point in time. Also, check the appearance of the line which immediately follows the mark. If the line is clear, then the problem is temporary. If, however, the other lines show similar indications, taking preventative action should see these marks disappear when situations improve.

Almost all horizontal markings on the life line, such as crossbars, stars, and slashes, are classed as harmful interference or obstacles of some kind. A hand that has many of these lines belong to those with nervous energy. They are sensitive to everything around them, they worry a lot and possibly tend to look for problems where there may not be any.

A hand with very few lines belong to those who rarely fuss and are not significantly affected by emotions. A broad and unblemished line describes an unobstructed life path for someone who rarely diverts from or allows anything or anyone to change them or to distract their journey.

So, the markings, no matter what they look like, indicate interruptions to life. These interruptions do not have to be negative, they can and often are positive changes or life events, such as having children or getting married. Starting a new kind of life at any age can interrupt a career, hobbies, friends, family and even the general outlook on life. These changes, in turn, can make their mark in the palm of our hand, especially on the life line.

Island mark on the life line

An island is a divided line and slows down the normal flow of energy. Imagine if a river is moving in one direction in a steady stream when suddenly there is a fork that parts the waters in two directions. The quantity of water has not increased, so then the two new courses have half of the original amount of water flowing. If you use the river scenario in a life situation; it is possible that the individual has diverted (temporarily) in the usual path, which can in some instances result in a decrease in vitality.


Lines that appear like small branches on the lines indicate positive events such as marriage, the completion of an education or study, promotion in a job or improved financial status. The person has an active nature who is a go-getter.


Short fine lines which droop downward off the inside of the life line usually indicate adverse incidents, such as a loss, divorce or other upsetting circumstance. If they appear tasselled or feathered towards the end of the line, it is a sign of weariness and a warning not to overdo things. The longer line, the bigger the loss or change. A drooping line on the outside of the life line can depict travel, decisions or change.

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    1. The forks nearly always denote change. Imagine the line like a road, which way will you go? They also depict decisions.

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