This section is from the book "The Practice Of Palmistry For Professional Purposes", by C. de Saint-Germain. Also available from Amazon: The Practice of Palmistry for Professional Purposes.
A good Line of Life and a good Line of Head; a fair Line of Heart; a Line of Influence starting from a star on the Mount of Venus and ending in a star on the Line of Head between the Lines of Fate and the Sun: a. Line of Fate starting quite low islanded at 20, broken at 28. resumed at 40. ending on the Mount in good shape: a Line of the Sun beginning in the Quadrangle at 38. ending on the Mount in good shape.
"The two stars indicate the death of the husband of the subject in a state of insanity. The widow had in her hand at the time the island on the Line of Fate, which is sop-posed to be the mark of a guilty intrigue-However, it was proved that she had never committed any guilty action, but at the same time she acknowledged to Desbarrolles that she had been deeply enamored with the famous actor Bressant, who was one of her husband's clients, but that never by word or deed had she ever allowed him to know anything of her infatuation. Desbarrolles insists upon this fact, which is confirmed by means of several other instances, that the nervous influence marks in the hands such guilty affections long before they have begun to manifest themselves by any beginning of action."
An island on the Line- - Guilty intrigue lasting just the time the island occupies on the Line. It is even marked on the hands of a person in love with another who is married but knows nothing of this unlawful passion.
This is Desbarrolles' invariable reading, a great many illustrations of which are scattered through this work. I will admit, however - with many excellent British palmists - that this island on the Line of Fate is to be interpreted as heavy loss of money or position whenever the tout-ensemble of both hands and the general type of the subject protest against the very idea of his committing arty breach of the seventh commandment.
A Lunar Subject A sloping Line of Head s'arred over a bluish spot just after it had crossed the Line of Fate. The said Line of Fate with a big island from 35 to 50. ending in a stnr at the connection of the Line of Heart_ and of a prolonged Line of Union, A fine Line of Intuition.
"A lady had felt an extraordinary, uti-explainable antipathy for a man introduced to her by her husband- The tatter had insisted that she should welcome his friend. and the latter had gradually obtained a sort of mesmeric influence over the woman, finally culminating in a guilty intrigue between them. This was bound to end fatally, and in fact she was deadly afraid of her lover, but dared not leave him; he had once attempted to poison her out of sheer jealousy. A strange example of the clearness and correctness of certain presentiments."
The Financial Ruin of Her Parents Causes a 17-Yeax-Old Young Girl to Lose Her Fiance. - A star at 17 on an otherwise fine Line of Fate. A Line of Influence starting from the Mount of Venus and reaching a straight Line of Union quite low-down in the space between the Line of Heart and the third phalanx of the fourth finger.
"A lady of rank and wealth had been given up by a fiance she was much devoted to, because, when she was 17, her parents had lost their whole fortune."
Two Lines of Influence from the Mount of Venus cut the Line of Life at five years' distance, uniting in a star on Line of Fate which terminates right there.
"The discovery by a desirable and wealthy lover of the existence of another accepted admirer of his sweetheart brings about a break, which ruins the prospects of the lady whose hand contained the above markings."
An island at the starting point of the Line - A mystery connected with the subject's birth. If the Line is very poor, this is a proof of illegitimacy.
Meaning, of course, that this stain on the innocent newcomer has marred his life prospects; which is unfortunately but too frequently the case.
Death of a Relative Breaking the Subject's Career. Love of Medicine. Separation from a Loved One. - A Line of Fate beginning late, broken inside the Quradrankle, then returned to the Mount of Saturn. A Line of the Sun, much finer, starting low down, broken at 28. resumed in two fragments within the Quadrangle, the second very long and straight, going up the Mount of the Sun. Medical lines on the Mount of Mercury. A Line of Influence from the Mount of Venus, cutting the Line of Life at 45, goes straight to the Mount of the Moon, where it ends in an island.
"'A young man, interrupted in his medical studies (at 28) by the death of a rich uncle, is obliged to adopt an entirely different profession (railroading), Succeeds fairly in it, until, at 45, the scandal of his liaison with a married woman obliges him to leave her and a. favorite post and threatens his position. Finally he is returned to favor with his chiefs and is rapidly promoted."
Two islands forming the figure 8 at the starting point of the Line - Gift of second sight, or at least somnambulism.
An island on the Line with a star on the Mount of Jupiter - Guilty love affair with one in a much higher position than the subject's. If the star is on the Mount of the Sun - The paramour will be an artist or literary man; if it is on the Mount of Mercnry - He will be either a business man, or with the medical stigmata present also: a scientific man, a physician generally.
Two Lovers at the Same Time. The Younger Becomes Insane and Dies. The Older and Richer Pardona the Deceit. - Two stars on the Mount of Jupiter. A Line- of Fate marked with a deep, black dot at 30, and conlinnet in a tone island up to part 50. It is cut. at the dot, by a Line of Influence starting from a star on the Mount of Venus and ending in a star at the connection of the Line of Head and the Line of the Sun. A Line of Influence from the lower Mount of the Moon merges into the Line of Fate at the black dot.
An island across the Line between the Mount of Venus and the Line of Heart, the island ending in a fork - Divorce, resulting from the fact of the subject leading astray an innocent girl.
A triangle between the Line and the Line of Life, touching the Line within the Triangle with strongly marked Mounts of Mars - Fight or duel; or mili-tary success, at the date indicated.
Again the strange and powerful influence of the nervous center within the hallow of the hand shows itself most actively. This is studied in another chapter further on.
A square - Preservation from some heavy financial loss, or other very serious disaster.
A square on a Line of Fate which enters into the third phalanx of the second finger - Again the square protects the subject from the disastrous possibilities indicated by the Line thus penetrating into the finger.
A square touching the Line within the Triangle; if on the side towards the Mount of Venus - Danger from an accident in home life. If on the side toward the Mount of the Moon - Danger from an accident in travel.