The palm is a reflection of our life’s landscape, with its lines moving like rivers. The land affects these lines as much as the lines affect the land, so both are interpreted in tandem. Lynn Noel puts this relationship beautifully in her expression of love for Canada’s rivers:
“The river moves from land to water to land, in and out of organisms, reminding us what native peoples have never forgotten: that you cannot separate the land from the water, or the people from the land.” (Lynn Noel, Voyages: Canada’s Heritage Rivers)
Venus, the Life Line, and the Lines of Influence are read in relationship to one other, each carrying the energy of the other in a different way. More specifically, they speak to the interrelatedness of our state of heart, root, relationships, and vitality.
Overview and Locations
The Lines of Influence:
The Lines of Influence exist within the Venus Mount, running across its plane. These lines represent loved ones – those strong enough an influence in one’s heart to be carried on their palm. Some have a couple lines, while others have many. They are read for their quantity, depth, and influence on the Life Line. Frequently, these lines cross our Life Line, suggesting loved ones are literally crossing our chi and vitality. Read more about this in the next section.
Interpreting Distinguishing Markers
Large: Emphasizes all qualities of Venus and the importance of their well-functioning due to increased influence on all other areas of life. For these people, home is their castle and a disruption in home, heart, or family can disrupt other areas of life such as career, hobbies, and overall mood.
Flat: Emphasizes the need for more privacy and personal space in relationships, sharing the role in family with role in all other areas. Look to mounts that are larger (e.g., Luna / Jupiter) for a sense of priority. Note that this does not mean that they are less committed or loving, simply that they balance the home and family life with areas outside of the home or family.
Red: Healthy vitality, energized heart and root, increases likelihood of health in home and in relationships. Look to Lines of Influence for confirmation.
Pale: Lower energy in heart and home, pointing to a need for rejuvenation and replenishment of heart and root chakras. Look to Lines of Influence and Life Line for further information about the depth of concern and influence on their chi.
Life Line Depth
Deep: Strong chi, vitality and life force.
Light: Could benefit from immune boosting and chi-enhancing activities, as their vitality is more run down. Look to Lines of Influence and markers along the life line for key transitions and changes in line depth / quality of chi.
Also watch for: Breaks, Islands, and its Relationship with the rest of the hand.