The Heart Line – Relationship symbols, stories and strategies Part II
by Kay Packard
“The only lasting beauty is the beauty of the heart.” Rumi
A relationship works best when you attend to the beauty of the relationship. You can deepen your understanding of your own and someone else’s essential love style by deciphering one line in the hand—the Heart Line. In Part I of The Heart Line, I covered the Hermit Heart Line. Today, lets identify the Passionate and the Big Heart Heart Lines and understand the non-negotiable needs they reveal in relationship.
Four Steps to Analyzing the Heart Line
Step 1. Locate the Heart Line carved in your hands.
Step 2. Starting on the outside edge of the palm, follow the line and note in which section of the imaginary quadrant your Heart Line ends.
Step 3. Read the associated descriptions.
Heart Line Styles
Identification: The Heart Line starts on the outer edge of the palm under the pinkie finger and runs horizontally across the palm. The line may be straight or curved and long or short. It usually ends somewhere beneath the middle or index finger. Any Heart Line style is possible on a hand. You may also find a different Heart Line on each hand.
Heart Line Shapes
The shape of the Heart Line indicates preferred characteristics when relating to others and corresponds to sections in an imaginary quadrant, as we will see in Fig. 1. Curvy lines belong to expressive people who typically show their feelings easily. The Big Heart and the Passionate types have curvy lines. They exhibit their feelings more than those with flat or straight Heart Lines. Straight lines belong to people who are more reserved. They present their feelings reluctantly. The Hermit and the Rational Romantic types have flat Heart Lines. They are less likely to display their emotions outwardly.
The Heart Line Quadrant
As illustrated in Part I, the imaginary quadrant has four sections (see fig. 1 below). To position the quadrant, on one hand at a time, draw an imaginary line straight down between the index and middle finger. Next draw an imaginary horizontal line across the vertical line about half an inch from base of fingers. Now, determine which section your Heart Line ends.
Fig. 1 Assigned names depending on section of the quadrant where the Heart Line terminates
Names are assigned to the Heart Line type depending on which section the Heart Line ends. Look to see in which section of the quadrant your Heart Line ends on both hands.
Fig. 2 The Passionate Heart
The Passionate Heart Line curves up toward the middle finger (Fig. 2). It touches the top of the palm and ends in the upper right section of the quadrant under the middle finger. The dotted arrow shows a piece of the Heart Line but it is not considered when determining the termination point of this Heart Line.
If you are the Passionate Heart, you are likely enthusiastic, expressive and even flirtatious. You have the charisma to be the life of the party. Your natural design is like the campfire, attracting people to warmth. It’s crucial for you to express your wants, even when others might not seem to appreciate your directness. You tend to be happiest, when you do expose your desires. Your biggest challenge is being stuck with people you consider boring. You can be so intense that when you feel something passionately, it shows. A word of caution though—that little campfire can turn into a forest fire if its not contained. I remind the Passionate Heart to display his or her wildest passions and be considerate of the needs of others. At your best you bring an excitement and charisma to the scene. Your challenge is to remember the emotional needs of others.
Affirm: I am claiming my desires and expressing my passion with grace and consideration.
The Big Heart
Fig. 3 The Big Heart section of the quadrant
The Big Heart curves up toward the index finger. It touches the top of the palm and ends in the upper section of the quadrant under the index finger or closer to the index finger than the middle finger (In Fig. 2 see the arrow between the index and middle fingers).
If you are the Big Heart, you feel emotions keenly and are warmhearted, caring and nurturing of others. You like connecting with other people and animals. Your favorite song might be All You Need is Love by the Beatles. My friend Kit calls the owner of this line “The Sweet Heart.” Your natural design is like a water droplet that joins the pool at the base of a waterfall. Seeing others bond during a special gathering warms your heart. Your feelings are hurt if people suddenly disconnect with you or you witness detachment and conflict between loved ones. Your biggest challenge is to nurture yourself along with others and not fall victim to emotional sell-out. If, in your view, someone disconnects from you abruptly, you might take it personally and become overly critical of yourself, blaming yourself (or another) for the separation. I remind the Big Heart to look at the truth of the change or separation in the relationship to help you accept yourself and all your feelings in all stages of the relationship. At your best you help people feel loved and cared for while also spending some time alone nurturing yourself. On a bad day, you can easily lose yourself in the drama of others and feel like a victim.
Affirm: I am the love I seek and long to embody.
No Heart Line is better than another. What’s important is to register and claim your natural love style. I’ve seen troubles brew when someone thinks he or she should behave like a snail when really he or she is a gazelle.
Watch for Part III coming next – The Rational Romantic and a few other variations.
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This article is an excerpt from Kay’s upcoming book called, “Your Life is in Your Hands.” When sharing, please include the entire article, with author information. Kay is a Master Hand Analyst and holds a Master of Arts degree in Spiritual Psychology. She teaches people the art and science of Hand Analysis through the American Academy of Hand Analysis. Visit AcademyofHandAnalysis.org
A special thanks to the following for reading sections of my manuscript and offering suggestions and edits: Angela Renkoski, Anne Bunnell, Linda Salazar, Debe’ Wenig and Pam Lockhart. I also thank Lindsay Morlock and Chrisstine Gulrajani for ideas on titles. Teachers Richard Unger, Vernon Mahabal and Pamelah Landers are also to be thanked for their research and sharing!