To be correct, these mounts should be normally developed; if extremely so, the nature runs to excess, according to whatever mount the development is under; if undeveloped, then those particular qualities or characteristics are lacking.
I. Sister lines
2. Wavy lines
The different mounts shall be taken, then, in order.
First comes the Mount of Venus, at the base of the thumb. A normal development of this mount is good, as it shows the subject to have good health, kindly feelings, a warm, sympathetic nature, love of colour, music, and the attraction of the opposite sex. If excessively developed, the subject would be passionate and sensual; a very small mount or lack of one denotes weak health, and generally one rather devoid o f affection and altogether cold-natured.
The Mount of Saturn, at the base of the second finger, shows a quiet, melancholy disposition, one who would by preference study solemn things, and if fond of music, it would be of a sacred order.
The Mount of Mercury, at the base of the fourth (little) finger, denotes love of change, and travel, and betokens the power of rapidity of thought.
3. Forked lines
4. Tasselled lines
The first Mount of Mars (there being two of this name) is inside the life line, next to the Mount of Venus, and betokens the possession of the attributes of Mars, courage and a fighting disposition, but if over-developed it will show that the subject is quarrelsome. The second Mount of Mars is between the Mounts of Mercury and Luna, giving courage, moral strength, and self-control.
5. Chained lines
We now come to the second branch of palmistry - namely, chiromancy, or the reading of the lines of the hand; but before proceeding further it is necessary to give a few words of warning.
First of all, both hands must be compared before making a definite statement, and, as a rule, the student will find a great difference between the right and left hand. Even then care is required, for lines do not always mean the same on every hand. The different types of hands must be taken into careful consideration, for each individual type modifies or intensifies the meaning of a trait.
No two natures are ever quite alike, and it would be very rare to find any two hands identical.
In reading the lines of a hand, be most careful, and do not foretell any great disaster or death as certain, because to do so, as a rule, would depress the subject and help to ensure the event, whereas if pointed out as a danger that can be averted, it in all probability will be. Even if the disaster seems practically certain, it may only be one that threatens, and that can be avoided. There may be other marks on the hands, which a first examination has not revealed, that are really signs of preservation from the trouble.
There is an old saying that "the left hand is what we are born with, the right hand we make." This is true, for the left hand shows our natural character, and in all probability a course of events that might have happened.
The right hand shows what we have made ourselves, and the events that result therefrom.
In left-handed people the chief events of life will be found marked on the left hand.
In reading the hand it must be borne in mind that lines alter; sometimes new lines appear and others disappear. A single line shows a tendency towards some things, the possibility of some event. If this last is certain to happen, it will be marked in several places in the hand. Therefore people can overcome tendencies and obstacles, although they do not often trouble to do so.
6. Capillaried lines
If any one of the important lines has another fine line running beside it, this latter line strengthens the former, or, should there be any defect in the main line, "repairs" it, as it were. This fine line is called a "sister line."
Forked lines generally intensify the particular line they end, except in the case of the line of life.
A Tassel at the end of a line weakens it.
Rising branches intensify the power of a line, but falling ones decrease it.
Breaks in a line show failure, and a Chained line weakness of the particular line on which these variations occur.
A Wavy line shows little power, as do also Capillary lines.
The chief lines are seven in number, as are also those of lesser importance.
The line of life, which encloses the Mount of Venus.
There are two positions from which this line can start. The first and most generally found is that rising under the Mount of Jupiter, at the side of the hand. The other direction it takes is to start from the base of Jupiter itself.
If the line of life is very close to the line of head, the subject will be very sensitive and cautious, almost lacking in enterprise through fear of making mistakes. If there is a fair space between the two lines, then the subject is likely to carry out his plans, and has energy and enterprise. But if the space between is very wide, the subject is too impulsive, almost foolhardy, unless counterbalanced by other signs in the hand.
7. Branching lines (a) Ascending (b) Descending
On the life line are shown the subject's state of health, illnesses, death, and the time of important events that are shown elsewhere.
This line should be long, narrow, fairly deep, and pink in colour, without breaks or any irregularities. Such a line gives long life and very good health.
A very deep line is often seen in hands that are least sensitive, showing the possessor has few worries, good health, and is capable of great physical exertions. A wide, shallow line betokens lack of energy.
A thin line does not necessarily mean delicacy, but indicates less bodily vigour. Should the line be broad and shallow, the subject would have a poor constitution, little energy, being dependent on others to a great extent; and if the hand is also flabby, then extreme laziness is shown.
If the life line is good in the left hand, but broad and shallow in the right, then a weak constitution is developing gradually. In the reverse case it would mean the subject was improving both in constitution and in health. To be continued.