Palm Line Reading – Life Line

Location and Meaning

The life line is one of the three major lines (the other two are head line and heart line) in palm reading. It starts from the palm edge between the thumb and forefinger and extends to the base of the thumb. You can find its exact location from the right picture. → Life Line Reading Online
Can the Length of the Life Line Predict Longevity? Most of the people may think the line is used to see the length of one's life. It's a partial understanding. In fact, it mainly reflects a person's physical vitality and life energy. Also, it shows if one will have accidents or serious illnesses during the whole life. 

No Life Line: If other lines of your palm are clear and only the life line is absent, it's not a good sign. It indicates a poor health and a short life. You are easy to get sick or have accidents during the whole life.

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A long, deep, tender and rosy life line stands for that you are highly resistant to disease and full of vitality.

A short life line shows you are susceptible to illness. It doesn't mean a short lifespan. In personality, you are a person of integrity and down to earth but a little timid. Besides, other people can easily influence or control you in life.

A thick and clear life line indicates that you are suited to a life of physical labor and are good at sports. 

A shallow and vague life line means you are easy to get illness. Female, you are easy to suffer from gynecological inflammation and male may suffer from prostatitis. Career is not so smooth during the early age. In late years, it will turn to be better. 

A swooping semicircular life line around the base of the thumb shows that you are full of vigor, energy and enthusiasm (Fig 1)

A Straight life line that sticks close to the thumb predicts that you have limited energy and are easy to get tired. Also, you are cautious when it comes to relationships (Fig 1).

Doubled: If you have a secondary line running parallel with the life line, it shows you have a very strong vitality. Especially, you have a strong resistance to disease and self recovery ability after illness. In addition, you usually can receive additional strength and support from family members. (Fig 2)

Age on Life Line

Please find out the ages on the life line from the picture.
1. Divide the life line into two equal parts, the middle place indicates the age of 40. Then connect it to the middle place of the ring and middle fingers.

2. Draw a parallel line to the first line from the middle place of the index and middle fingers to the life line. The intersection point is marked as the age of 20.

3. Draw a parallel line to the first line from the middle of little and middle fingers to the life line. The intersection point is marked as the age of 60.

4. The end of the life line is usually marked as the age of 80.

Please note the ages on the life line don’t indicate accurate ages. They are approximate ones.

Chained, Island

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Chained: A chained life line indicates that you were born with poor health. You will suffer from shattered health especially has a weak digestive system. (Fig 3)

Island: If there is an island on the life line, it indicates the illness, accident or hospitalization in a certain time. The size of the island shows the severity and duration of the disease. (Fig 4)


A broken life line represents an unexpected accident, danger, disaster or illness during the life. The greater the interval is, the longer the illness will last. 

● If the two broken parts overlap, you could recover although getting a serious illness. The overlapping length shows the recovery time.  (Fig 5)

● If there is a short line parallel with the broken life line, either above or below the life line (Fig 6 and 7) or a square connecting the two parts, you usually can turn danger into safety and fully recover although suffer serious disease. (Fig 8)


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Branches, Forks and Tassels

● If there is an upward branch above the life line, it shows you are diligent, optimistic, positive and have a strong thirst for knowledge. You could get a fame and prestige during the life; (Fig 9)
● If there are many upward branches, it shows you are ambitious and have lofty ideals. But too many such lines show you are a dreamer and end up nowhere because you couldn’t keep feet on the ground; (Fig 10)
● If there are many downward branches at the end of life line, it indicates your physical condition is declining. Also, you may always feel tired and lonely; (Fig 11)
● If there are diagonals crossing the end of life line, it means you will be suffered from disease during the later year; (Fig 12)
● A clear branch downward split from the middle part of life line means you are easy to separate with your families and live apart. (Fig 13)
● For the life line ends in a fork, it means you are busy and stateless during the middle and late year. If you choose to develop your career outside, you can make some achievement; (Fig 14)
● Tridents at the end of life line indicates you love travelling and often desire to travel in life .

Tassels: Tassels at the starting of the life line indicates a lonely life during the old age because there are no children around. (Fig 15)

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Cross, Short Lines Cutting the Life Line and Stars

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Cross or Short Lines Cutting the Life Line
Crossings on the life line or clear short lines cutting across the life line shows you would have unexpected dangers, illness or suffer mishaps during your life. The clearer the cross is or the short lines are, the situation is worse to you.  (Fig 16)


Many Short Lines Cutting the Life Line
If there are many lines crossing through the life line, it shows that you usually have too much worries, have a poor health condition or meet countless difficulties during the life. (Fig 17)


A star is composed of three short lines, if it appears on the life line, it indicates illness. If the star appears on your broken life line, you should avoid suffering from serious illness suddenly.  


Lastest Questions and Answers

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Hello, I have a star on my palm just above my wrist between my fate line and my life line. Could someone explain what that means? Thanks

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