The Life Line is the most well-known line of the hands. With my clients around 1/3 of them have a question related to their Life Line in some way.
“Do I have a good Life Line?’’ – “Do I have a Short Life Line?’’ -“Am I going to die soon!?’’
It is very easy as a chirologist to reassure people with answers to these questions. And here I will explain my answers so as to relieve you of any worry or confusion!
What the Life Line Does Show
The Life Line shows how stable and grounded you are. It is like your root to the earth and your anchor. Showing how stable you are both psychologically and physically. It also shows vitality, energy and how well the body is functioning (with things like digestion and sleep patterns).
What the Life Line Doesn’t Show
The Life Line does not show how long you will live! This is an old palmistry myth and does not have any science or testing behind it. There have been studies done to disprove this myth where doctors have measured the length of the Life line on people in morgues and looked for a correlation with length of life; there was no link.
Firstly, it can be useful to understand timing with the Life Line. If you look at the Life Line chronologically, you can see timings of events and incidences, which can be either physical or psychological events. Any markings on the Line can be timed and measured like on the hand below.
It is not always relevant or necessary to time the Life Line however. When the Life Line is short or fades out at a certain age, the effects of it being short and faded would be felt holistically rather than chronologically. This is illustrated with the case studies below.
Here I will show you several Short Life Lines and explain their meanings.
Short Life Line: 1
This is a very Short Life line, it is also quite delicate and faded. This lady is in her 60’s and the Short Life Line has not ended her life early and nor will it.
If you look at the Life Line chronologically, you can see timings of events and incidences, which can be either physical or psychological events. These are seen as breaks, gaps, crosses or bars on the line.
What it does show is a lack of feeling grounded and not being able to have stability in a physical and psychological way. She also suffered from ME for many years. Energy level problems are typical for someone with a weak and faded Life Line as it shows there is not much consistency and strength in their body currently.
This lady has moved around the world and engages in a life of esoteric spiritual practices and various healing arts. Constantly travelling and moving is expected with a Life Line like this as there is no ‘root’ keeping someone in place. Being drawn to things that are ‘other worldly’ and esoteric spiritual practices are also common as there is not a strong Life Line present to keep oneself ‘grounded’. There is of course nothing wrong with this life style, but one must work on developing the Life Line so it is not a compulsion and there is balance all round.
Short Life Line: 2
This lady is 53, her Life Line peters out and fades out well before this age, but of course, she is still with us.
As normal with a Short Life Line, she has trouble knowing where her home is and has never really known where she wants to live. I read her partner’s hands as well and they were both planning on leaving the city together and setting up a new home and work in the countryside where they will be much happier. This is a good move for her if she persists and makes it her long term base, which I believe she will.
It is another weak, as well as Short Life Line and although she doesn’t suffer from energy level problems in the same way as the first print, she does recognise all the psychological aspects of feeling a bit fragile mentally. She never got any support from her parents with her career and they completely cut her off for going down a path they did not want her to take. She felt totally unsupported from 20-40 years of age and this relationship still remains largely the same. We can see this effect on the Life Line and how it shows this lack of support.
Short Life Line: 3
This is the most extreme lack of Life Line in a print that I have. This was a man I met in India and as you can see, he barely has a Life Line. This is quite extreme. He was very unstable and quite ‘lost’; he was drinking a lot and running away from his work and home in Mumbai. When he came to me to ask for help with ‘his life’ and I was able to explain to him practical ways in which he could start to ground himself, feel more stable, feel stronger in himself and work on feeling more capable to cope with life.
Someone with a Life Line like this is going to be very floaty, as there is nothing keeping them on this planet. A small event/mishap in life can be a massive problem and shake them up. They will feel very wobbly because they have nothing making them feel strong and stable.
I hope my reading with this man helped him out and he is on the road to building a stronger Life Line.
Short Life Line: 4
Lastly, I am finishing with this Holy Man from India. Look at the photo and see where his Life Line stops – very early…but he is very old. I write about this Life Line in my article on ‘The Holy Hands of India‘ but to summarise this here:
The Short Life Line again shows the lack of a physical root. He is going to be very mobile and flexible. This man does not have any money, no home and lives a life of spiritual devotion, getting all his food and money from begging. Where he lays his head is home.
This is seen totally in the very Short Life Lines on both hands.
Double Life Line
Sometimes people will come to me thinking they have a Short Life Line when actually they have a Double Life Line. Read my article here to understand the meaning of this pattern.
The Short Life Line affects somebody’s root, how sturdy they feel and how able they are to feel grounded.
Some typical challenges will be:
- Finding a home and staying put in one place
- Supporting oneself financially
- Supporting oneself mentally and emotionally
- Taking care of the physical body
- Keeping to a routine
Of course, these do not all always apply and there are many other things the Short Life Line can affect, as we have seen with the case studies above. But always think of it as affecting someone’s sense of root, support and stability.
All these aspects can be worked on and strengthened. Advice for someone with a Short Life Line will vary depending on other hand features, so it is looked at within a larger context.
If you would like to know more about your Life Line please get in touch via the contact page.
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That’s great. Now my doubts about short life line has gone now. You know people have this stereotype that short life line means short age. It’s so much relaxing to read your article. Thankyou
My daughter is 10 and has no lifeline at all on her right hand as far as I can tell. I’m not sure what it means but it worries me.
I wouldn’t be able to fully comment without seeing her hands, but remember, it does not relate to the length of life and especially with children the lines change and develop very quickly.
Thank you so much. I saw my young daughter’s lifeline and it was short. Instead of alarming anyone, I visited your website, and read your comprehensive and settling article. Your comments are correct in her case, she is “light”, in several ways. I’m not sure what her future holds, but at least a short life isn’t foretold on her hand (whew). As her Mom I’ll support her, care for her, and help her become the best person she can and wants to be. Thanks again!
Great! I’m really pleased this was of use
I am worried about very short life line on her right hand. Lifeline on right hand is also short though a little longer than on right hand. She is undergoing treatment for disease. Please share views
Hi Jasbir, the life line is a marker of psychological and mental stability, not physical health. There is no need to worry about the life line. I hope this helps.
I am very thankful to you sir..I was really worried about my daughter’s short life line now I am stress free..after knowing it…
I have a very short life line in both hand and fate line is missing. What does it means? Thanks
Thank you so much dear Sir ! Your article relieved my lot of tension … I have also studied astrology since I was just 15 ! Now I am 50 … I have read dozons of books on astrology & palmistry but I appreciate your study , views & conclusions !!! Thanks , Best Regards & Greetings !!!
I’m so much relaxed after reading your article , my fiance has a short and faded life line on left hand and i was afraid of this typical myth. Thank you for giving such a relief!
That’s an awesome explaination. I have a short life line and always thought I wouldn’t live long 😉 while readiy the above article I am now curious whether I have a short life line or it is a double life line. Can’t really make out the difference as I am not an expert…also I have lots of lines in my hand which people usually get surprised after seeing them I have all kind of shapes on my hand you name it and I can find it ;). Love reading your articles Lawrence may be I’ll.solve the mystery of so many lines someday after reading your articles..
Hi, can you also read my daughter hands?
Hello. Thank you very much for all the information!!! I have one objection though. The Holy man in short life line 4 has clearly a rather long second life line!!! Maybe that’s why he is very old although his first life line is short!!! I have a short life line but I don’t have a second life line that’s why I worry. I would greatly appreciate if you reply back to me!
I do not agree at all with your point that old palmists look at life line by connecting years of life age. This is actually Cheiro etc. western palmistry experts have named this line as life line. I have been working on palmistry for almost 35 years. I have never seen the life line getting shorter or longer on the basis of age. Actually the life line has nothing to do with the years of age. This is a fallacy.
satyanarayan jangid, INDIA