Indian thumb reading is slightly different from the Western. But in both kinds, to learn about the lines, we should keep track of our own and compare the meanings.
- Check your lines now and remember your life situation. (Take photos or draw your lines now).
- Check your thumb lines again in a few months or more.
- Did anything change in your life?
- Did any line on your thumb change at the same time?
- Make sure you keep images or drawings of your thumb lines (especially the middle line) to see changes.
The basic Western thumb line reading
The crease at the base of the thumb is called a family ring, and some believe that these lines can depict events regarding family. The line in the middle of the thumb is said to show how much the person cares about their family. Also, the involvement the person has in their family. It depends on the depth and quality of the line.
The middle crease is also about the health of the individual. It usually has an island formation, much the size of a grain of rice. If present in the perfect form, it is said to show a healthy, happy and robust family life. If broken, split or missing, the family life might be going through change or may have had disruptions.
Indian thumb reading the lines
In Indian thumb reading, there are nine lines from which to read the thumb. Not everyone has all nine; however, they will have at least two. The lines begin from the side of the index finger. They should ideally be smooth and go across the whole thumb.
The Phala Rekha, wheat line or Pushpa Rekha is the line which divides the will and the logic section of the thumb. It indicates that the person will always have enough food. If the line has an island, it shows the person will have a happy and satisfied life. The two interconnecting lines represent the man and the woman. It starts as a single line and then is joined by another, denoting the partner in life.
Timing the union can be estimated from this island. If the line has disruptions such as breaks or marks, it can mean that there are relationship problems. At the start (on the index finger side) the line is wavy or uneven, there was a difficult early life. If wavy in the middle, difficulty in mid-life. Wavy at its end then shows problems at old age.
The MallikaRekha, or family ring, should be clear and well-marked like a continuous chain. It shows a happy and satisfied family life. When well-formed it shows the person has courage and strength of character. Black dots on this line depict financial problems within the family. If it’s thicker than the PhalaRekha, the subject might struggle to find or keep a partner in life. Any gaps or breaks in this line show ups and downs in life.
This line is the one closest to the Phala Rekha, and if clearly visible, it depicts the subject to be compassionate and easy-going.
The second line beneath the Phala Rekha shows an interest in travel. The subject might be restless and will likely eventually travel.
The Mana Rekha in Indian thumb reading describes the person’s desires and shows affairs outside of marriage.
The Rati Rekha is in conjunction with the marriage lines on the side under the pinkie. It shows the amount of satisfaction that the subject gets from the union. It should be clearly etched and unbroken. An island on this line can represent the poor health of the partner. If broken half-way, it can suggest happiness until mid-life, and problems with the partner’s health afterwards. If the line continues after the break, the health returns to normal. Many broken lines, it shows the subject remains unmarried or sexually abstinent.
The Vajra Rekha is the line on the index finger side of the thumb. It rises from the Mallika or the mount of Venus. It is the ‘diamond’ line and suggests that the person has the potential to become extremely wealthy if the line is flawless and noticeable. If the Kesara Rekha is also present, money comes without as much effort. If the line is wavy, the money might come from taking risks, such as gambling.
The RipuRekha rises on the Venus mount and up the middle of the thumb to the wheat line. The word ripu means ‘enemy’. It takes away positive qualities of any lines it crosses.
In Indian thumb reading, the Kesara Rekha is on the opposite side to the Vajra Rekha and is a short line from the mount of Venus. It shows a gradual growth of the family’s wealth. If it is so subtle that it’s challenging to see, it shows that the subject will eventually do well financially. When thick and easy to see, the wealth comes quicker. A very long line all the way to the wheat line depicts someone from a wealthy family.