Something that often comes up during a hand reading or when I’m leading a workshop is the subject of the Life Line. The Life Line is one of the most misunderstood lines in the hands. It’s also one of the most important lines to understand to help handle the endless demands on ones vitality system.
The LIFE LINE is a major line that is carved on the inside of the hand around the Venus Mount at the base of the Thumb. The arrows are pointing to the Life Line in the hand print below.
The length, shape, and quality of the Life Line are associated with the state of the physical body, and with awareness of and attention to the physical world. Let me put one myth to rest: the length of the Life Line does not predict the length of one’s life. It does, however, show concerns about protection and preservation of the body. The Life Line is also called the Line of Earth. It is considered the line of family and tribe because we build our physical constitutions within our tribes. As humans, we look to our communities for support and safety. If we feel safe in our clans, our core energy systems are more likely to be in balance.
The Life Line can be read for personal vitality, productivity, stability and energy management, physical strength and stamina, and relationship to the sense of physical safety. Someone with a long, clear, and deep Life Line is down to earth, with a strong sense of security and stamina for living. Conversely, someone with a short or weak Life Line will feel constantly restless, a bit edgy, and will have a tendency to “fly.” Such a person may be living on the surface of life, staying busy but not really “digging in.”
The Figure below shows proof that the length of the Life Line does not indicate the length of life. This client died around age fifty-five. Her Life Line was long, well carved, and without damage or weakness of any kind, and the round curvature of the line shows robustness. When I printed her hands in 2005 she was healthy, active, enthusiastic, fully engaged with life, and quite bubbly. Later that year she entered the hospital for stomach pains. She was kept in the hospital for further testing and was soon diagnosed with an inoperable tumor in her stomach. She died within two weeks.
Long Life Line on person who died at age fifty-five (Above)
Short, Weak, or Broken Life Line
If your Life Line is short, delicate, or scattered, you have difficulty resting. Your personal anchor and grounding system has been compromised. Because you’re accustomed to living in a routine of “flight,” you may not recognize these patterns as you read about them for the first time. For example, your work or family life may involve your driving from one place to another and another. You might feel as though you’re constantly scrambling to get your life in order. You may think, “There’s not enough time to get it all done!” Core survival issues, such as paying the rent, keeping your job, and having enough food, remain strong considerations in your life and family. At worst, a sense of support from family is severely lacking, which creates a lack of trust in the tribal system. If your tribal system is at risk, you are more likely to doubt your role and value in society, asking, “Do I belong here?” Doubt of one’s role in the community can cause anxiety and internal tension that, in turn, produce a strong urge to create safety for oneself and others. When this is recognized and more clearly understood, one can begin to implement change, increasing stability instead of insecurity.
Scattered Life Line = reluctant to rest (above)
If you have this type of Life Line, create and implement a plan for poise, routine, and balance on a regular basis. As you walk imagine your feet growing roots into the earth. Lay on a big river rock. Block out time on your calendar to rest and renew. Schedule time to ride your horse – once a month or more. Be firm on your boundaries at work to say “yes” or “no” to overtime based on the needs of YOUR vitality system. Listen to your body!
Watch for my next post showing the time line on the Life Line and how breaks in the line can indicate impact and disruption in the physical system.