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Thumb Lines in Palmistry Explained

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The thumb has a great significance in reading hands; you can glance at a person’s hand and quickly get a general idea of their energy, drive, and primary temperament. So the thumb is a crucial part of any good palm reading. But what about the thumb lines?

Every so often hand analysts takes into consideration the meanings of the lines on the thumb. I have included the thumb lines here because it is something that interests me and I watched these lines on my thumb change over the past twenty-one years.

The main lines that are used in thumb reading are the crease in the middle of the first and second phalange and the crease at the base of the thumb. The crease at the base of the thumb is commonly named the family ring. The line in the middle of the thumb is also a family ring. It is meant to show much the person cares about their family or how much involvement the person has in their family. In Indian thumb reading, these lines have different names.

Island in the middle line

A neat island in the middle crease is a good connection to the family. It does depend on the depth and strength of the line. Sometimes disconnection from the family shows by a missing island on the thumb. It is also about the health of the individual. The ideal formation is an unbroken island mark, much the size of a grain of rice. If present in the perfect form, it is said to show a healthy person, a happy and robust family life. If broken, split or missing, the family life might be going through change or may have had disruptions.

I used to have the perfect island on my dominant hand. Some years later, (I noticed after my divorce), the line had split. A few years after that, as my life started to get back to some sort of normality, the line healed. It turned into a tiny island, which to me represents beginning my life all over again. I will continue to watch it and see if it changes in the future.

Other lines on the thumb

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  1. A family ring, intact like a chain shows close family ties. A fork or angled rising line from this crease can depict a split family.
  2. A second line above the family ring at the base of the thumb shows a marriage. It can depict that there is another family through marriage (or adoption or second marriage) or that there are two homes. More than one line here can suggest two marriages.
  3. Triangles on the line at the base crease of the thumb show inheritance.
  4. If the top line is (clearly visible and stands out) and contains an island, it shows much care for the household.
  5. If a line interferes with the bottom family ring, it shows rifts or issues.
  6. Crossed lines on the tip of the thumb show a frustrated or unhappy person.
  7. Horizontal lines on the thumb tip if not due to dry skin, point to nervous tension, overdoing things or poor health.
  8. A vertical line or two on the top phalange is positive energy for willpower.
  9. A vertical line or two on the lower phalange is a sound power of reasoning.

If you are interested in learning more about the thumb lines, why not study your own?

1. Check your lines now and remember your life situation. (Take photos or draw the lines as you see them now).

2. Check your thumb lines again in a few months or more.

3. Did anything change in your life?

4. Did any line on your thumb change at the same time?

5. Make sure you keep images or drawings of your thumb lines (especially the middle line) to see changes.

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  1. What if I have a “snowflake” on the tip of the pad of my right thumb?

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