L IS FOR THE LINE OF HEAD (MENTALITY)
World famous palmist Cheiro regarded the Line of Head, aka the Line of Mentality, as the most important sign in the hand.
He writes, “A Line of Head is like the needle in the compass, without a true knowledge of which it is impossible to grasp the “direction of the subject.”
He cites the mistake that many want-to-be palmists make of, for example, paying great attention to what looks like a good Line of Sun or Success, but not noticing a weak, badly formed Line of Head, which contradicts the promise of success given by the various lines. If, on the other hand, the palmist had first noticed the Line of Head, he would have been able to tell the subject that the promise of success was not backed up by his intelligence or mentality. Thus proving the point that the entire palm must be read and evaluated in connection to many indicators, not just a line or two.
As regards to the future being foreshadowed, Cheiro reminds us that the brain is always growing, changing, increasing, or diminishing. These changes begin years before the effect is shown by the thoughts or actions of the individual. A 10-year-old boy may at that age begin a development which will not be felt until he is thirty, and then that development may change his whole life and career. Since this development begins at ten, even at that age it affects certain nerves, and they in their turn affect the Line of Head—20 years before the point of change or action has been reached. It therefore follows that the future may be seen and told by a careful examination of the hand which, as Aristotle described it, is the “organ of all organs, the active agent of the passive powers of the entire system.”
THE LINE OF HEAD AND ITS VARIATIONS
The Line of Head of the subject must in all cases be considered as the most important line on the hand. The greatest attention should be paid to it, so as to obtain a clear grasp of the Mentality under consideration.
The two hands should be carefully compared—the left hand (unless you are left handed) showing the inherited tendencies (unless you are left handed, in which case it’s the right hand), and the right (again, unless you’re left handed) displaying the developed or cultivated qualities. The slightest change or deviation in the markings from the left to the right should be carefully noted down or remembered.
The direction or the end of the line should, above all, be distinctly noted, for the all-important reason that this shows the direction the Mentality is inclined to develop toward. For example, if found with the end of the line sloping downwards in the left hand, and having become straight or lying across the palm in the right—the student is safe in concluding that the subject has not been able to follow his natural bent, but by the force of circumstances has been obliged to make himself more practical, to study business methods, and to have undertaken a training toward practicality and level-headedness in order to rise equal to the circumstances that he found himself forced to meet.
In this way the student obtains an insight into the earlier conditions of the life under examination that is invaluable, especially when there is, as will be found in many cases, no Line of Destiny visible in the early years. *When there is a line of Destiny, or Fate Line, it runs from the base of the palm to the middle finger – see diagram at top of the page.)
I’m running a post behind. I’ll catch up tomorrow with the post M is for Murderer’s Thumbs.