Double Simian or One Simian Line on the Palm

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About the Simian Line

Do you have a double Simian line? Or just one on either hand? On a small proportion of hands, the heart line, and head line appear to be a single line across the palm, known as the Simian line, or crease. With the qualities of the head line (rational) and the (emotional) of the heart line seemingly combined or missing, it makes sense to regard this line as a sign of single-mindedness, someone who puts their heart and mind into what they do.

The association of this line was once thought only to be with chromosomal disorders such as Down syndrome. However, now it is mostly normal and recognised as a minor physical anomaly (MPA). In most cases, it is inherited. The name Simian as a noun means monkey. As an adjective, it means the characteristic of apes or monkeys. The Simian line is present on the primates and named when found on the human hand. Because of the name’s origin, many palm readers now prefer to call it the single transverse crease. However, when I use the term Simian, I do not think about or refer to any monkeys!

How rare is the Double Simian Line?

The Simian line is more common in males and usually runs in families, and not all have it on both hands. Worldwide it is found only on around 1.5% on one hand. It is also more common in Asians and Native Americans.

Pierre Paul Broca, a physician and anthropologist in 1877, presented the traditional view of palm lines in anthropology. He noted that simian lines appear in only around 1-2% of Europeans or Caucasians, but possibly more than 10% of Asian people. In 1906 R.L. Down labelled the Simian line as a diagnostic indicator.

What does having a Simian line mean?

Having a Simian line mainly determines a personality type. The Simian does not give you bad or good luck. It also doesn’t automatically make someone gifted or special. All sorts of people can be talented in their unique way, and the Simian line has its uniqueness in how the character presents itself.

A survey has shown that many are sensitive, intelligent, determined, passionate, emotional, creative, and in some ways compulsive. In another recent study, it is believed to show forms of neuroticism, hyperactivity and introversion. If the Simian line is connected to the life line, it shows someone more reserved. If it’s not joined to the life line, the personality is more independent and outgoing.

In the Filipino language, they call the Simian line the ‘Rapas’ and is known to show someone who is intense and dedicated. It shows a lot of energy when it’s available. The person doesn’t stop easily once they begin to move. But once they do stop, they stay unmoved longer than usual. The Simian line people seem to have a switch, it’s either on or off, not much in between.

line seperate from the life line

Quality of the Simian Line

Like in all analyses of the lines, we look at the quality of the line. A smooth line tends to show a smoother life (or clearer thoughts and feelings). A messy-looking line can denote feelings or thoughts that are confused or scattered. When there’s a full chained looking Simian line, it reveals a lack of clarity in thinking and feeling. It shows uncertainty in decision making (and maybe even laziness).

Double Simian personality

The double simian type signifies a somewhat different, quite intense character, not necessarily a negative attribute as it would seem. I have noted that Simian lines give qualities of either a lot of empathy or none. Some tend towards less emotion and more rational thought. Others might tend to struggle with rational thought and follow their emotions. My survey indicates many double Simians as sensitive, emotional, and empathetic. But even more of them agree (from their perspective) that they are intellectual.

The owner of a Simian line can possess great potential for strong will and focus, many of whom are ambitious and driven, primarily if they have found their niche and had opportunities in their life regarding education and family support.

Simian and relationships

For most double Simian liners it is difficult to focus on a career and relationship at the same time. If in a full-time career, they put their heart and mind into their work and often find that they’re too busy for relationships. Or it might be that the mind gets a priority to the heart. They may find it hard to form deep connections with others due to being emotionally closed, socially awkward or just shy.

Another reason they might struggle finding or keeping relationships is that they find it a challenge seeing things from another’s point of view. Their partner may feel smothered by all the devotion and feel overwhelmed by the intensity, so need to be relatively passive and understanding. On the other hand, if they do not feel the intense connection, the partner might feel unloved or unwanted, even if they are not.

If the Simian individual has a strong focus on his career, his/her partner needs to be supportive of their work. The Simian character can be egotistical and so might expect (or continually look for) compliments or praise from their spouse. If you have Simian lines and want to have a deep connection, try to give priority to your emotional aspects and understand what your partner wants from you. You might have to put aside your ego and feelings of supremacy. Once you do see a link with someone, however, you rarely let go, being devoted, caring and loyal, and of course, expecting the same loyalty in return.

Branch line on a Simian line

More about the Simian personality

The Double Simian type character tends to follow their heart and in doing so, they tend to choose a career that gratifies that emotion. Mostly, they are either fully into what they do, or fully not into it.  It is nearly always ideal for them to engage in their passion. In doing so, it is taking full advantage of the single-minded and determined nature. Typically, the owners of a Simian line follow their own minds, in other words, they do not easily follow orders from others, hence coming across as stubborn.

However, to properly hypothesise about this crease and how it affects the personality, look at other features of the hand, such as hand shape, finger length, thumbs, and lines; including fingerprint and palm patterns. For example, a narrow hand will make a much quieter personality, someone who leans towards introversion. A person with long fingers will have a thirst for knowledge and one likely to be preoccupied with theoretical and or spiritual matters.

Double Simian Line Personality Traits

You know you have come across a double Simian personality when you see obsessive behaviour, one of the most common traits of Simians. If used positively, this compulsion can be of great benefit to them. For instance, at work, always making sure everything is done on time, the right weight, perfect portions or whatever the job requires. The preoccupation with having everything a certain way is great if it aligns with others. It is most difficult for those who do not have Simian lines to understand some of the behaviours of a Simian owner because some things that the double Simian sees as common sense is not always so for others.

Some are very energetic, and the energy varies in each person. This energy comes in bouts, and to some extent, some find it difficult to relax. On a soft water hand though, the energy is not as high. While these people are intense, at the same time they can be very empathic. Usually very open-minded, yet cynical; nonetheless mostly what you see is what you get. They are either fully on, or fully off, (extremely kind, loving and attentive) or overly argumentative and cold. Is Simian a curse? Is Simian good or bad? The Simian is not a sign that the person is cursed (a cursed Simian line) doesn’t exist.

Single Simian Line

If the Simian is only on one hand, usually it depicts that the person has an intense personality but they might not show it publicly. Or, if on the dominant hand, then they are likely to not feel the intensity as much. Many creative types have one Simian. Don’t forget all features do need to be considered, such as the shape of the hand. Handshape also gives clues to the type of personality.

partial Girdle of Venus

The right-hand Simian line personality

If your dominant hand has the Simian line, then your distinct personality is more obvious to those who do not have it. The intensity and obstinacy of the personality are not so hidden. On the inside, the individual might feel normal emotions and reasoning. However, in their day to day life, everything might be so much more complicated. Of course, as with all palm reading, the shape of the hand, fingers and other features can offset these qualities.

A right-hand Simian on a fire type hand (thick, long palm, short fingers), certainly enhances the qualities due to the already passionate and impulsive nature. This type of character might feel the need to go into whatever they are interested in deeply. They are not satisfied with skimming the surface and letting things go. They will overthink and over analyse almost everything; they will give all that they have, which is perfect in certain situations like research or the sciences. This type of determination and drive helps to get things completely done, not done by halves. It might frustrate them when others do not.

In the words of a right-hand Simian person, “I like to think about everything in detail, such as when commenting or filling out forms, because I want everything perfect! My friends and people I know say that I have an attitude. However, I think it is my strength, I do not easily give up, and I am always curious.”

A narrow water hand with the qualities of introversion lessens these traits. While there might still be a passionate nature, they will not be as assertive with it. The water hand gives more sensitivity and compassion, but they might not handle stress as well.

The extra line above the Simian line

It is quite common to have an extra line above the Simian, like a floating heart line or long Girdle of Venus. The floating heart line is usually much thinner than the Simian line and it gives more sensitivity to the character. These people might be empathetic and kind natured.

Simian line with an extra line above it

Double Simian line Variations

The Simian line can sometimes get confused with the heart line that joins the head line. In some cases, the lines actually look like a Simian, and so can be a Simian Variant. There might be a branch from the line downward, acting as a head line. Or, there might be a branch rising upward, similar to the heart line. These Simian line variations are common and they indicate the person has an outlet for their emotional or logical side which lessens the obsessive or singlemindedness.

The Suwon crease and Sydney line are also variations of the Simian line; at least they give similar meanings. The difference is that with the Sydney line, there is a heart line present. In the case of the Suwon crease, there is a head line present. Both types can suggest someone who is highly intelligent, sometimes overly sensitive. To learn more about the Suwon and Sydney lines, you can get the ebook, or see this article.

Simian line variant

Latest Survey Results

The latest results of my survey of the double Simian found that of the people who did the questionnaire, 48% had a double Simian, the rest had just one, either on the left or right hand.

Out of all the people, whether double Simian or only one, the results so far are: Sensitive – 90.9%.  Also, out of the same group, 70% believe they are intellectual. 28.5% of them also believe they are creative and athletic. It goes to show that in the combination of heart and mind, that they find their strength in their intellect, yet are very sensitive. You can do the survey here.

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