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Marks on the Life Line, Drooping and Rising Lines

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

Not everyone has marks on the life line. A hand with very few lines and markings belong to those who seldom fuss. They 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 from their journey.

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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 career, hobbies, friends, family and even the general outlook on life. These changes, in turn, can make its mark in the palm of your hand, especially on the life line.


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.

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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 which 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 off the inside of the life line usually indicate a change. It can also suggest an adverse incident, such as a loss, divorce or other upsetting circumstance. 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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