Palm Reading Life Lines

Updated January 4, 2018
Reading palm life lines

Reading the palm can tell you a lot about someone's personality and propensities. The life line of your palm may predict certain traits you possess.

Locating Your Life Line

It's easy to locate your lifeline, but if you can't find it or think you're not looking in the right place, a palm reading chart can help. The life line begins between your thumb and index finger and travels down your palm through the middle. Next, it curves along the base of your thumb. Some lifelines outline the thumb base and continue around. If the lines on your hand are faint, it may help to use a strong light and magnifying glass to see it clearly.

Life line on hand
Life Line

Significance of the Life Line

Many people believe the life line predicts how long you will live, but that's unlikely. What the life line does reflect, however, is your vitality, health and energy throughout your life, and it may offer insights into periods in your life where you could experience health or energetic imbalances.

Right Versus Left Hand

If you are right-handed, then reading your right hand indicates things that are happening now and in the future. The left hand indicates patterns you received at birth. If you are left-handed, then the opposite is true.

Evaluating Your Life Line

The various features and traits of your life line roughly correspond to certain potential energy, vitality and health traits you may possess. Of course, personal habits and choices can and do affect your health and vitality throughout your life, as well, so while the life line may be indicative of certain propensities, your choices and habits will have a huge effect on how well you manage your predispositions.

Depth and Strength

The strength of the line and how visible it is offers insights into your overall predisposition to health and vitality.

  • A very faint or absent life line suggests you have a predisposition to low energy and poor health throughout your life.
  • If the life line is long, deep and has a rosy color, it suggests your physical strength and stamina is good, and you have a general tendency to be in good health with good energy and vitality.
  • A shallow but visible life line suggests your tendency is to be more mentally focused than physically focused.
  • A deep, thick life line suggests a tendency toward more physical and high energy activities, such as sports.
  • A doubled life line that runs parallel to your life line indicates you have a hearty physical and energetic make up that makes you resistant to illness.
Double Life Line
Double Life Line

Travel Around the Thumb

How your lifeline travels around your thumb indicates vitality and physical energy.

  • If it swoops outward and circles the base of the thumb toward the middle of the palm, this indicates you have strong energy and vitality.
  • If it circles close to the base of the thumb, it may indicate your tendency is toward lower physical or emotional energy.

Wavy and Broken

Life lines that are broken or wavy are read as a life that may present with frequent and persistent illnesses. A wavy lifeline may indicate a weakened constitution due to illnesses, circumstances, drug or alcohol addiction or even imprisonment. A broken line in the last third of the line indicates declining health in old age.


Lines that look like they are made up of chain links indicate you tend to be guided by your emotions and may have several major emotional events in your life that affect your energy and health.

Chained Life Line
Chained Life Line

Broken and Crisscross

Whenever a palm reader comes across a lifeline that's a composite of many crisscrosses, this may indicate as a life that has no true direction or many stops and starts. Whatever the cause, a lifeline with continuous breaks may be a difficult life fraught with challenges.

Broken Life Line
Broken Life Line


Branches extend out from the life line, just like tree branches. They may be a single branch, a double branch (forked), a triple branch (trident), or multiple branches (tassels) in one area. You may need a magnifying glass and bright light to see the branches.

  • Branches sloped downward below the life line indicates the potential for poor physical or mental health.
  • Branches sloped upward above the life line indicate resilience and the potential for success.
Branched Life Line
Branched Life Line
  • Forks suggest a change or redirection in life energies or a split in energies.
Fork Life Line
Fork Life Line
  • Tridents are signs of good fortune. When they appear at the bottom of the life line, it indicates the desire to travel or a love of travel.
Trident Life Line
Trident Life Line
  • Tassels on the life line may indicate energetic decline.
Tassels on Life Line
Tassels on Life Line


Islands along the life line are small, open circular shapes that interrupt the life line before it continues onward. These typically indicate interruptions in life due to illness or other energetic issues, such as a divorce or a period of depression.

Island Life Line
Island Life Line

A Rough Estimate of Time

While the length of the life line won't tell you how long you'll live, it can provide a rough timeline of health and vitality events that may arise in your life. If the average life is about 80 years, then splitting it in half equals about 40 years with the first 40 years at the top of the line and the second 40 years at the bottom. You can then split each of those halves in half to depict 20-year segments that roughly correspond to childhood, young adulthood, middle age, and old age. Look to where markings occur on your life line to get a general idea of when events associated with the marking are likely to arise.

Reading Palm Lines

If you undertake palm reading lifelines, you must read all of the other lines as well in order to understand the overall context by which to interpret it.

Palm Reading Life Lines