Palmistry 14 - The Vitality (Life) Line
This line is arguably the most misunderstood line in palmistry and the most feared! Relax. I changed the name from ‘life line’ to ‘vitality line’ to give a perspective on what this line really reveals. It does NOT indicate how long a person is going to live. Rather, it indicates the gusto with which a person lives.
The area subscribed by the vitality line is the ball of the thumb, also called the Mount of Venus. The ball of the thumb reveals quite a bit about a person physically as we discussed in the section on Muscle Tone. So it is no surprise that the vitality line shows how effectively a person taps into that physical energy. A light tracing of a vitality line in the palm shows that a person who prefers a more refined life. They may have difficulties with physically stressful situations. A strong, deep line would indicate a more robust general health and a person who doesn't mind, in fact enjoys, 'roughing it' a bit.
The thumb ball or Mount of Venus is also associated with the home, a person’s source of nurturing and stability, the basis of their physical well-being you could say. The ‘swing’ of the vitality line tells much about whether the person is conservative – sticking close to family indoctrination – or more open-minded. If the vitality line hugs the thumb closely, the person is apt to stick close to what they have been taught and the viewpoints of their predecesors. They may even stay close to their roots physically by living close to other family members or ‘the old neighborhood.’
If, however, the vitality line swings wide, toward or even into the center of the palm, this person is more apt to try new approaches to life and also to live farther from their family/region of origin. They are more likely to include close friends in their definition of ‘family.’ “Mi casa es su casa!”
A vitality line that reaches above the thumb joint webbing, seeming to start on the fleshy mount under the index finger, indicates a person with very high ambitions. Personal recognition is very important to them.
The length of the vitality line is the subject of much anxiety. Rest assured that the length of the line in no way indicates how long a person will live. Rather, it shows how a person best spends the physical energy that they do have.
A track team analogy works well here. A short vitality line, one less than four centimeters long, marks the sprinters on the team. These people have great energy and enthusiasm for the short haul, but they are their most productive in short commitment engagements. Any long-term projects or ventures have to come with lots of variety and room for change and growth or these folks get bored and itchy to move on.
A long vitality line is one that reaches for the base of the thumb. The owner of this line can go the distance. These folks can see things through and if the line is both unbroken and deep as well, they can put their backs into it.
Breaks and Bubbles
A break on the vitality line, since this line refers to one’s home, health or security, is no small matter. As with other breaks, it is important to note if the break is one with an overlapping segment or if it is a complete break, with the latter being a more profound disruption.
Make it a practice to compare the lines of both hands. If a break or bubble is found in the dominant AND non-dominant hand, this is a more profound disruption than when the break or bubble is found in only one hand. Also, remember that the dominant hand tells of a person’s present, public and conscious experiences. The non-dominant hand reveals a person’s past, private, subconscious experiences A break on the vitality line indicates a blow to a person’s personal stability. It could be the loss of a loved one, loss of health, loss of home, anything that could threaten a person’s sense of security in this world. Remember that a break with an overlapping segment shows a situation in which the person was supported through a calamity. A break without an overlapping segment shows a more severe situation in which the person was unsupported and therefore more vulnerable.
A bubble on the vitality line represents a period of intense confusion about security and stability. Bubbles, or islands as they are called, always reflect a mental maelstrom in a person’s head that leave the person feeling confused and isolated, unsure of which direction to take. They can be accompanied by depression.
The most remarkable thing about the ending of the vitality line is of course the presence or absence of a fork. A fork at the end of the vitality line can have a couple different meanings.
The most common interpretation of a fork at the base of this line is that the person loves to travel or travels for a profession. It is often called the 'traveler's fork.'
Another equally valid meaning is that the person comes from a dualistic family background. This could mean that they come from a bi-cultural home or that they are part of a step-family. Perhaps they even own two homes. As with the ‘traveler’s fork’ interpretation mentioned above, the key is that they are ‘at home’ in more than one place or culture.
The Fate Line, or as I like to call it, The Career Path Line, will be the subject of our next palmistry article. 'Til then, luckyearthlings