THERE is a group of small lines, known as Minor lines, which do not appear in every hand, but which occur often enough in the same locations to take them out of the class called chance lines, and to form them into a division by themselves. As a rule these Minor lines are not of great importance, often having only a single interpretation, but they are reliable as far as they go. The first of the Minor lines is the Girdle of Venus, which rises between the fingers of Jupiter and Saturn and runs across the Mounts of Saturu and Apollo, ending between the fingers of Apollo and Mercury (523).
The Girdle of Venus does not always run exactly over this path, but sometimes rises on the Mount of Jupiter and runs over onto the Mount of Mercury, sometimes ending on the percussion. It is, in part, a sister line to the Heart line, and in some hands, when the Heart line is absent, takes the place of that line. Older palmists conceived the idea that when they saw this line in a hand which had also a strong Heart line, that being virtually a sister line to the Heart line, it indicated a double supply of heart qualities. This was not meant in a physical sense, but as regards the affections, and for this reason the line was named by them the Girdle of Venus, meaning the Girdle of Love. As this reading of the line was first made in the days when love meant license, the interpretation was attached to it that anyone witli such an abundant supply of affections would seek occasion to lavish them, and the Girdle of Venus became the synonym of license, profligacy, debauchery, and was considered the mark of un-chastity and abandonment. Through all the writings on Palmistry this interpretation has been largely adhered to, often with evident misgivings on the part of some writers, who have frankly stated that they were at a loss for an explanation of this line.
Some few have doubted its accuracy, and many practitioners have abandoned its use entirely, because they could not reconcile its accepted interpretation to the lives of the subjects they encountered, and many embarrassing errors were occasioned by the use of the line. To arrive at a correct solution of this much vexed question, we have only to apply our general hypothesis, and to adapt the line to the subject, not the subject to the line. Also to remember that this is the twentieth century, instead of 400 B.C., when the original reading was given, and that conditions to-day are different from those prevailing at that time.
From an exhaustive study of the Girdle of Venus, I have found that it does not as a rule indicate debauchery and license, but that it nearly always does indicate an intense state of nervousness, and in a large majority of cases great liability to hysteria. In a large percentage of hands in which this Girdle of Venus is found, the palm will be crossed by innumerable lines running in every direction. This by itself is sufficient ground for pronouncing the subject intensely nervous, but with the addition of a Girdle of Venus there is an increased degree of nervous excitability. In seeking the rationale of the line remember that the vital Current enters through the finger of Jupiter, runs down the Life line, goes to the brain, and, returning, transfers itself to the lines of Saturn, Apollo, and Mercury, which are its natural channels of egress from the body. When this course is pursued without interruption, the action of the fluid is normal. But the Girdle of Venus being an abnormal line, by virtue of its location, deflects part of the Current from its usual course immediately upon its entrance into us, and the balance of the Current seeking egress from the body through the lines of Saturn, Apollo, and Mercury on its return from the brain flows against the barrier formed by the Girdle of Venus, and cannot easily flow out through the finger-ends, but, being obstructed by the Girdle, overflows into the palm of the hand.
As the entire Current is seeking egress through the fingers of Saturn, Apollo, and Mercury, the entire Current is thus obstructed or deflected by the Girdle and overflows, cutting new channels for itself, in many directions, and thus producing the multiplicity of lines that we see. The large amount of vital Current thus turned loose to zigzag its way out of the hand as best it can acts upon every nerve, electrifies it, intensifies its action, and from this excitation of the nerves we have the production of a highly nervous person. Thus as a first result of a Girdle of Venus we often have intense nervous activity.
Having this much information to begin with, we have reached the point where we must apply the line to the subject. In the greater number of instances the Girdle of Venus is found in the hands of women, though in some types of subjects men's hands show it. If the subject be naturally a delicate, nervous, finely constituted person, the nervousness produced by the Girdle will be greater than if he be phlegmatic and heavy in construction. In the first case the nervous force will electrify his organization to a great degree. Such an one will suffer from any slight or inattention, will be easily depressed, and in the world of to-day, when even people with the best intentions have not time to humor the eccentricities of nervous humanity, he will soon come to think that he has no place in the world, and that no one cares for him. This brooding once begun, grows instead of decreases, until every act of even his best friends is distorted, every grief is magnified, pain is imagined where there is none, and we have a fully developed case of hysteria.
On a hand with few lines and a phlegmatic temperament, the Girdle of Venus is never of so great importance as an indication of hysteria and great nervousness as in the highly strung subject, but it may turn to the other horn of the dilemma, and if the hand be coarse or sensual, have a swollen Mount of Venus, and be red and animal in its general make-up, there will likely be present the lasciviousness which has always been the accepted reading of the line. It is from the type and Chirognomic make-up of a subject that you must determine which interpretation should be given. In every case the Girdle will indicate some degree of nervousness and some degree of ardor, but to reach a correct estimate of the extent of either, your subject must first be correctly estimated, and then the line applied to him. If the Mount of Venus be flat and flabby, the Life line running close to the thumb, the color white, the third phalanges of the fingers waist-like, and the Heart line thin, a Girdle of Venus will not indicate lasciviousness, for the physical make-up and conditions of the subject preclude the possibility of such a thing. This subject will, however, undoubtedly be a prey to intense nervousness and dejection, and hysteria has a fertile soil in which to develop.