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.
Capillary lines dropping from or attached closely to the Line - Weakness, loss of vitality; especially when found at the termination of the Line not in sufficient number to indicate gradual recuperation.
Cut by thin, short lines or bars - For every cut an illness of not a very grave nature.
A bar across the broken fragments of the Line overlaying each other - Recov-ery from a grave illness.
Dots on the Line - For every dot a minor casualty. A number of dots - Unsatisfactory state of health. Tape-Worm. - A blue spot on the Line of Life marked the date of the trouble, and there were many confused lines at the upper part of the Mount of the Moon, much developed at that point. A poorly formed star was found amid those confused lines,
"These markings were found in the hand of a man troubled with the tape-worm. Persistent constipation would also be indicated by either an exaggerate swelling of the upper Mount of the Moon and even the Upper Mount of Mars, or by lines and cross lines on that same place. Should a light blue spot,, sometimes growing to the shape of a star or a crescent, be found there, it would indicate constipation of a persistently dangerous character."
A bluish spot - Typhoid, malarial or cerebral fever.
Red dots, if many - Feverish disposition.
Black dots - Always indicate grave diseases or other serious troubles, A deep black dot - A dangerous wound.
A very deep black dot at the termination of a broken line - Sudden death, often by assassination (if repeated in both hands). With a dry skin and a. prominent, or much rayed Mount of the Moon - Grave nervous trouble. Gout. - A deep cross line on the middle Mount of the Moon. A black spot on the Line of Life at the date of the first attack. Short nails. "Both gout and rheumatism are indicated by the above line and also by a cross well marked, or by confused lines on the middle Mount of the Moon."
White dots, when confirmed by ominous signs on the Line of Head - Injury to the head or eyes.
A triangle near the termination of the Line - Loquacity and falsehood. But with good Lines of Head and Heart - Tact and eloquence.
A cross at: the starting of the Line, especially if a dot be found upon it - Accident in early life.
Two crosses at the beginning of the Line - In a woman, sensuousness and immodesty.
A series of crosses at the termination; in one hand only - Amiability and talent. If in both hands - Versatility never of much real use to the subject; poverty in old age.
A cross toward the end of the Line - Unmerited reverses in old age; a person of ability and character threatened with ill health at that period of life.
A cross cut by a downward branch - Infirmity from which the subject will not recover.
A star - Am accident, a fatality in the subject's existence.
"A man died at 70 from what was supposed to be a liver ailment. It was proved that his very lymphatic disposition had affected his heart, through poverty of the blood, and that, besides, his breathing was difficult. Finally a swelling of the spleen was discovered as the main cause of death; it resulted from this poor quality of the blood."
A star or cross on the Mount of Venus. touching the Line - Troubles, from some member of the subject's family or some intimate friend.
A square on or near the Line (with one exception which see below) - Always a sign of preservation from grave illness or trouble, or of rapid recuperation.
A St. Andrew's; cross within a square on the Line - A great danger will be incurred, but its consequences will not be harmful.
Broken inside a square - Recovery from a serious illness.
Saved from Poisoning - A Line of Life broken at 30, both fragments enclosed within a big square.
"A young girl swallowed poison as a consequence of a love trouble, hut the dose was too large and she was saved."
A square near the Line on the lower part of the Mount of Venus - Imprison-ment, or monastic life.
I have found this square in the hands of prisoners and of ruins, but not as a prog-nostic. In the hands of persons sentenced (justly) to imprisonment no such sign was found. From that, I judge that the fact of being enclosed for a length of time within a small space determines the sign.
Two circles on the Line - Total blindness; one circle - Blindness of one eye.
An island at the beginning of the Line inherited illness; sometimes mystery of birth.
Deaf and Dumb from Birth - An island at the start of a Line of Life cut by many bars and worry lines. An island at the termination of a very long Line of Head. A very high Mount of Mercury No Line of Fate.
"A remarkably intelligent young man deaf and dumb from birth."
An island on the Line - A grave illness or serious trouble, the cause of which will be shown elsewhere on the hand; often due to some form of excess.
If there is no other indication, the island refers to some trouble of the digestive organs, as such illnesses attack more directly the very principle of animal life. A Lethargy or Catalepsy of One Month. - The Line of Life broken at 28; the upper fragment turned up and formed an outward island extending quite a distance back. The Line of Head started under the Mount of Saturn and descended in clean broken fragments. A similar Line of Heart. No other main Line.
"A small man,. Saturn tan type, with knotted fingers, remained a whole month in a sate of apparent death, from which be woke up a well man."
An island on the Line with the Line of Liver wavy - Biliousness and chronic indigestion.
An island on the Line with a star on the Line of Head - Aserious illnessatthe date of the island. If the star is under the Mount of Saturn - The lower limbs affected. Otherwise the general reading will he - Brain trouble or consumption according to the chirognomical indications (which see). Often small pox.
Illness Having Deprived the Subject of the Use of His Legs - An island on the Line of Life between 30 and 42. A star on the Line of Head under the Mount of Saturn, A Girdle of Venus; a very poor Line of Head forked at an otherwise normal termination; a very poor Line of Heart. "Several years of paralysis of the lower limbs caused by some hereditary brain trouble."
An island on the Line with a star at the connection of the Lines of Head and Liver - Sterility; difficulties in child-bearing and their consequences.
An island on the Line of Life between 35 and 45; the lower portion of the Mount of the Moon much rayed and cross-rayed. A poor Line of Heart.
"Found in the hands of a lady who had suffered for many years from a displacement of the womb. The trouble had affected her general health, especially the functions of the heart."