Palmistry: The life line explained

In palmistry, the life line indicates the length and quality of your life. College Tutor and Master Palmist Robin Lown reveals how to interpret it...

By: Robin Lown.   Posted

To ancient seers and palmistry experts, the life line was the only palm line that could be decoded with time. It starts at age 0 by the thumb, and its arc proposes a life expectancy of some 90+ years. A well-defined life line that sweeps well into your palm shows good vitality. 

In palm reading, the life line is considered an 'earthy line' showing material desires. If your life line is clearly deep pink, free of breaks and islands, your main life characteristic will be fewer deep personal concerns and decisions to consider. A life line full of markings, deep crosses, breaks and lines crossing it from the thumb side, indicates a restless person over concerned with difficult decisions.

If the life line is joined with another line at its start near the thumb – usually by the head line, which is the horizontal line across the palm – you have a degree of caution about you and are family orientated. If apart, not joined by another horizontal line, you are most likely the first or last-born in your family preferring more freedom of choice and happy to risk a bit too.

Any overlaps or breaks in the life line as it sweeps down towards your wrist show a change in lifestyle or quality of life at these places.

The ancients measured your 'thread of life' with a piece of long hair, using the 'Half Rule'. Measuring from start to finish and folding, it gave 45 years. Folding again gave 22 and ½ years and so on.

Robin Lown is a Master Palmist and College Palmistry Consultant & Tutor. Join our newsletter for updates on our upcoming palm reading classes.