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Head Line Markings in Palmistry

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If you are practising palmistry, you might be interested in learning about some head line markings. The head line commences from the space in between the Index finger and thumb and usually runs horizontally at least halfway across the palm. The usual shape is slightly curved and free from islands, marks and variations. This line is one of the most significant on the palm because it reveals a great deal about the essence of you.

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In palmistry, a good hand analyst will look at the quality of the lines to judge certain characteristics and possible evidence of events. Head line markings are an important part of hand analysis considering the line shows how a person thinks. It can show whether you are struggling or sailing along smoothly and how you make decisions. If you are looking for honesty, stability, intelligence, imagination and rationality, look to the line of head. Visible signs of physical injury to the head, mental problems or illness are also visible on this line.

I always look at the head line first before reading someone’s hand. The reason I do is that it tells me how and what I might be able to say to the person. If I see that they are super sensitive and easily offended, I will know to be careful of what I say. If they seem open-minded and have a sense of humour or intelligence, I feel freer to say whatever comes to my mind. See some of the types of head line here.

The majority of head line markings are a not welcome signs, with the exception of rising lines, triangles and squares. Marks serve as a warning, and just being aware of them can help to make the necessary changes and improve the conditions.



An island on a line is where the line splits into two and re-joins to form one line again. It shows a weakening of the line, and that the mental powers are affected. It can also be a sign of worry, uncertainty, illness, depression, or loss of memory. In many cases, it is merely a period of fatigue that affects the ability to think clearly. Someone who suffers from migraines might also have this mark. Look at the quality of the line after the island. Once the line resumes to normal, so should the issues.

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If the line appears to have several islands, like a chain, it shows someone who has a sensitive mentality; they may be undergoing personal, intellectual or mental issues. It also tells of an unstable, and changeable mind, and the memory is weak. The subject can be unmotivated towards career goals, uncertain about their future. They might also worry too much, suffer learning difficulties such as being unable to think straight. The mind might be lazy. Depending on other indicators, the chained line can also suggest an individual who is suffering from depression. This type of line can change over time as circumstances shift and begin to even out.


A square on the head line is an encouraging mark, as it protects an otherwise weak area of the line, usually representing overcoming mental stress or protection regarding an injury to the head. A square can be four lines surrounding an island, a cross or a star. It acts like a deletion line, whereby an event was narrowly avoided or missed due to a change of development or action. It can also be a blessing in disguise. Take note, however, a square might be coincidental lines formed by other minor lines. In the latter case, then it is not seen as a protective marking.

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The triangle attached to a line strengthens the part of the line where it appears. It gives a boost for the current time; achievement of a goal, a problem resolved, or even a windfall. The triangle should not be made up of other minor lines, but instead, it should stand on its own or like a flag on a line.


Other head line markings such as bar lines and dots denote obstacles such as financial difficulties, outside influences, health problems (migraines) or other setbacks during their life. They might also depict some temporary mental strain or stress.

Crossbars are short lines that cut the head line, sometimes one, other times there are many. The depth of the line is important. If deep and red, it can point to a current issue such as fever, headache or brain disorder.

A black or grey dot (not including moles or freckles) can refer to a sudden mental tension or shock. A red dot or line along it may indicate the same but with less intensity.

Star Mark

A star on the line needs careful analysis. If it is a clear star on a normal line, it can be a warning which indicates something more severe, like mental shock or even a head injury. Look for markings on the other main lines to corroborate the reason. However, a chained (crisscrossed) line is not a bunch of stars.

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The broken line that overlaps the second part of the line can be inconsistent thinking or a transformation in life attitude (mental outlook). If in the middle of the line, the timing would correspond with going through a mid-life crisis. In some cases, this type of line depicts a split personality. If the break is clean with no overlap, it can suggest an actual injury to the head or illness; if so, there will be evidence elsewhere such as the nails, life line or other indicators. It is rarely an encouraging sign to see.

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