Palmistry 15 - The Fate Line
Of the major lines, the fate line is the most variable in the hand. Some people do not even have this line. Many do not develop a fate line until their mid-20’s. The fate line is also known as the ‘career path line’ and the ‘life path line.’
Some palmists feel that the absence of a fate line indicates a meandering, unfocused life. Frankly, some hands are strong enough that the absence of a fate line does not make any difference in quality of life. For some people, it is not as important what you do as how you do it. Hence, a missing fate line is not worth a strenuous mention in a reading.
Alternatively, a sketchy, piecey, weak fate line may indicate that its owner is striving mightily to fit someone else’s notion of ‘successful.’ They may have an outwardly conventional life but be plagued with the feeling that ‘something’s missing.’
A strong, deep, well-defined fate line shows up on a person who has a clear idea of purpose and the strength of character to go with it. These tend to be people who have few questions about what they do and why they do it. Lucky dogs.
The fate line starts at the bottom of the hand, most typically in the center of the bottom edge, and extends up to the general vicinity of the middle finger. Such a centrally placed fate line shows a person whose career motivation is balanced between the need for security and the need for self-fulfillment. But there is as much variety in the starting points of this line and its course through the palm, as there are palms to read.
A fate line starting within the curve of the vitality line (which curves around the thumb) is one that is seen to reflect a career choice heavily influenced by family advice, tradition, convention or a strong need for security. Often, people exhibiting this beginning to their fate line even work ‘in the family business’ or in the same career as a parent or close family member.
A fate line starting outside of the vitality line but still on the thumb-side of the palm are also influenced by family, tradition, convention or security in thier career choice, though not as strongly as those whose fate lines begin within the vitality line. They may be more likely to change careers later in life.
A fate line that starts on the opposite bottom of the palm (under the ring or little finger) shows a person who has chosen an individually gratifying career. This is also the starting point for those who make a career which deals with people or the public. It is not unusual to see a fate line begin in the vicinity of the vitality line but then be joined by a new branch rising up from the opposite side of the palm. This shows that initially the person started work based on outside advice, but then they found more fulfilling work to take on that was more self-motivated.
Length and Ending
There is no ‘typical’ length or ending to the fate line. Some don’t begin until the middle of the palm. Some begin at the base but end at the head line. Some continue past the heart line.
The point where the fate line intersects the head line coincides roughly with age 35. Many palmists interpret fate lines that end at the head line as showing that the owner had a career drive but then, around the age of 35, they were no longer inspired by conventional work. They may continue working, but they have lost 'drive' or interest in thier career. Often this pattern is seen on men or women who shift their focus to raising their families.
Since the place where the fate line intersects the heart line coincides roughly with age 50, the interpretation of a fate line that ends at the heart line is that the person’s career is diminishing as they begin to contemplate retirement. For fate lines that continue beyond the heart line an active retirement period is indicated or, the person will push back retirement to continue in their career.
Breaks and Bubbles
A break in an otherwise continuous fate line indicates a break in one’s career. It’s most commonly due to downsizing or termination. A voluntary departure from a job usually doesn’t shock a person, causing a break on the line, unless it was coerced.
Some fate lines appear to be a series of broken lines. This is found on folks who have had reason to change career paths frequently or can’t seem to hold onto positions for very long.
A bubble or island on the fate line shows a period of frustration and indecision in the person’s career. It can mean a period of intense soul-searching concerning career direction or validity.
In our next Palmistry installment we will investigate the garden of other little lines that can crop up in the hands and make for interesting readings. 'Til then, Luckyearthlings!