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Missing Lines on the Palm Meaning

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Most palms have the major lines; a heart line, a head line and the life line. (See photo below). I have chosen only these three to be classified as major lines. However, some hand readers also like to refer to Saturn (vertical line to the middle finger) and Apollo lines (vertical line to the ring finger) as major ones. For most practising palmists, missing lines on the palm might confuse them. Not every hand has these major lines exactly. For example, you might have the Simian line, where there is only one horizontal line across the hand instead of two.

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Often when the Simian line is present, other lines such as minor ones tend to not show. If your life line is missing on the palm, it shows that your energy runs differently. Maybe you have a Simian line, or one of your other lines is prominent.

Changing lines.

The minor lines subtly change over time; therefore, what is evident in your hands now, does not imply a fixed quality or situation. If you are missing lines on the palm, they may just be going through change. The major lines can also change in appearance. Marks and breaks can appear, and sometimes the marks or breaks ‘get healed’.

When using the lines for prediction, the information gathered is from the past events that have led the person to be where they are now. Any lines or markings that represent the future are just an assumption, whether negative or positive. The reason is that our thoughts and desires change, new lines can form, and old ones can fade.

Minor lines.

On some hands, the minor lines are not present, and it depends on the skin’s texture. Tough skin rarely gets any fine lines on it. The lines that are most likely to change quickly are the minor lines. They can even disappear altogether, so don’t worry if you don’t have every line ‘as per the book’.

If you are reading palms to try to tell the future, keep in mind that any person can take control of their destiny. These lines can and do change. Palmistry can be used to determine some consequences or guidance for our future. Accordingly, if a line shows a particular attribute, it is important to look for other indications for confirmation, as one feature can offset another.

For example, a line that shows success for a person may indicate this as a likely conclusion. However, if other signs are against it, such as a lack of willpower, attaining that success may be difficult; (but not impossible). However, finding adverse signs should not be seen as negative but instead as an incentive for making positive changes for better future outcomes.

Missing lines on the palm, including Saturn or Fate line).

The Saturn line (fate line), which travels from the base of the palm towards the middle finger, is not usually present in young children and not even in some adults. Unestablished career goals often lead to a missing fate line. However, what if you are an adult with a job? This line, in general, indicates the success of a career, whether they are settled or varying and changeable. It is not often absent in adults, but it does not mean anything negative when this happens.

During my career, I have met some businesspeople whose hands the line were absent. They all were happy to say that they were ‘self-made’ men and that no fate would decide the course of their careers.

Something to think about: Imagine the line as a path, and if the path is in front of you, you will probably walk on it. But if you are in a place where there is no path, you can still move forward towards where you want to go; you have to make your own path.

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Saturn lines (Fate lines)

Missing Apollo Line (success line, sun line)

The Apollo line is one of the more common missing lines on the palm. When the Apollo line is missing, it shows dissatisfaction with life or career choices. Success is still possible. However, the person might not be happy with what they have achieved. So, if your Apollo line is missing, look at what you are doing and if it aligns with your passion. The success line can start to form in your palm when you begin to take action on your dreams. Some people believe that the success line forms when a person is happy to be by themself, engrossed in their work, for example.


The missing heart line suggests a logical and emotionally detached nature. In all matters, these people are objective, rational and almost ‘mechanical’ regarding their emotions. Relationships might be difficult to sustain unless they can tap into those feelings without overthinking them. On the dominant hand, with strong Jupiter and thumb, they can be aggressive, judgemental and bad-tempered. A good heart line on the non-dominant hand helps offset some cold characteristics.


Some rare hands have no head line, yet there is a normal heart line. This feature suggests that decisions are based on emotional rather than logical views. The missing head line depicts a passionate character with strong opinions. However, they might too easily jump to conclusions due to their lack of rational thought.

Summary: Creating your journey in life.

So when you think about it, the missing lines are just an indicator of a free spirit; they do what they want and create their path without restrictions. There is clear support for scientific research that the hands have a connection to the activity of the brain, reflecting the character and well-being of the person. Therefore, the fewer lines there are, the fewer things affect the individual emotionally or mentally through thoughts and actions.


Sari Puhakka is an expert hand analyst, writer, and artist. She has studied hands for over 37 years and has published several books about palmistry. Originally from Toijala, Finland, born in 1967. She emigrated to Sydney, Australia, in 1977 with her parents and three sisters. She is currently residing in Queensland, Australia. Sari initially wrote a motivational book and began reading palms and cards as a hobby. Now she is the Director at Hand Analysis Australia, holds lesson workshops, and attends events for readings.

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