The initial step in relation to lines of the hand is, that they should be clear and well-marked, neither broad nor pale in colour, and that they should be free from all breaks, islands or irregularities of any kind.
Very pale lines indicate the want of robust health and even the lack of energy and decisions.
Lines red in colour indicate the sanguine, hopeful disposition; they show an active, robust temperament.
Yellow lines, as well as being indicative of biliousness and liver trouble, are indicators of a nature self- contained, reserved, and proud.
Lines very dark in colour, almost black, tell of a melancholy, grave temperament, and also indicate a haughty, distant nature, one usually very revengeful and unforgiving.
Branches rising from any line accentuate its power and strength, but all branches descending denote the reverse.
At the commencement of Line of heart, the rising lines are most important while considering the success of marriage for the subject.
A chained formation in any line is a weak sign; if on the line of heart it denotes weakness and changeability of affection; if on the line of head, want of fixity of ideas, and weakness of intellect.
Breaks in any line denotes it failure.
A wavy formation weakens the power of the line.
Capillary lines are those little hair lines running by the side of the main line, sometimes joining it, sometimes falling from it; they denote weakness, like the chained formation.
When the entire hand covered with a network or multitude of little lines running all over aimlessly, it betrays the mental worry, a highly nervous temperament, and a troubled nature.