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Marks on the Life Line, Drooping and Rising Lines

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Marks on the life line, like dots, crosses, stars, slashes. What do they mean?

Not everyone has smooth, clean lines on their palm. You might even find some marks on the life line and wonder if they mean anything? When someone mentions a palm reading, the first line a person typically looks at on the palm is the life line. It is also frequently the most prominent line on the palm as it arcs around the ball of the thumb, reaching somewhere near the wrist. Ideally, the perfect life line doesn’t have breaks or markings, indicating a smooth unaltered and steady life.

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A hand with very few lines and markings belong to those who tend to be more robust. They are also not usually affected by emotions. A broad and unblemished line generally describes an unobstructed life path. This type of line belongs to someone who rarely diverts from or allows anything to distract from their journey. They think along the same lines and they’re clear about their goals.

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Marks on the life line are interruptions to the flow of life.

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. (See video on marriage lines here.) 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 your hand, especially on the life line.

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A dot, spot or tiny indentation shows a period of sudden tension or stress. Depending on where it appears gives clues to how it affects the health, emotions or mental state. These marks are rare and usually temporary, especially if it is reddish. If the dot is dark, such as grey, brown or black, the more likely it is to be a permanent marking indicating a more profound experience or incident.

More marks on the life line

STAR – Accident or shock.
CROSS – Period of hardship.
SQUARE – Overcoming a threat to life.
TRIANGLE – Intelligent behaviour, diplomacy, inheritance.
GRID – Illness, stress or depression.
CHAIN – Illness, stress, or nervousness.
CROSS BARS – Periods of setbacks, obstacles or depression.
ISLAND – Period of uncertainty, stress or divided energy.


Lines that appear like small branches rising from the life line are achievement lines. They 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. A rising line from the first quarter length of the life line to the mount of Jupiter is a line of ambition.


Short fine lines which droop downward on the outside of the life line usually indicate a change. They can also be signs of travel, moving away from the usual circumstances in a physical way. If the drooping line is on the inside (thumb side), it can depict a period when the movement happens on the inside. I mean that the shift can be something like a change in the mindset, deciding to look inside oneself. These things can happen when someone has an epiphany in any circumstance that comes from within. In some cases, there may be a loss or other upsetting circumstances. If they appear at the end of the life line as tasselled or feathered lines, it is a sign of weariness and a warning not to overdo things.

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The broken line

A broken line is when a section of the line is missing before the line continues. A clean break shows uncertainty, whether for health or another part of life. It may be showing that change is necessary; whether due to relocation, illness, accident or different 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 which may necessitate a decision for transformation or a breather in life.

If the line continues actively after the break, it shows the usual flow of things is resumed. 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 a change in a new direction. Also, see if there are sister lines on one or both sides; these lines give support to an otherwise uncertain period. A line on the inside would show family support, 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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