Palmistry Basics - The Via Lascivia
(Also known as the Poison Line
seen from it’s Latin name, the Via Lascivia was traditionally
associated with lust, drunkenness and debauchery! Running across the
Luna mount at the base of the palm and originating on the percussive
edge, it flows in towards the palm in the direction of Venus. Years ago
this line was associated with sexual energy and indicated a powerful
libido. It was believed that if this line connected to the Mercury
line, the energy would be channelled out as free sexual expression.
However, if no connection was made to the Mercury line, the sexual
energy would overflow, leading to a build up of eroticism within the
person. Finding no outlet for this pent up energy, the person would
become susceptible to sensuality and hedonism which could only find a
release through drugs, alcohol and generally promiscuous behaviour. It
was considered that the appearance of a Girdle of Venus would heighten
the already over sensitive sexual energy, making the person prone to
even more promiscuous behaviour.
strong straight line was thought to reveal a sexually motivated
individual but if the line curved so that it effectively cut off the
whole area from the rest of the palm, the person’s sexual energy would
be pent up and repressed.
the line actually touch the Mercury line, the sexual energy would flow
as free, healthy, sexual expression. Of course, if the Mercury line was
defective in any way, this sexual expression would become frustrated
the line continue across the palm to link with the Apollo line, heavy
financial losses could be expected as well as a propensity for
gambling. Reaching the fate line would reveal that pent up energy may
override reason and therefore block the person’s career or direction in
life. The worst formation of the line was if it linked with the life
line, where it was believed to represent sexual indulgence, possible
nymphomania and therefore certain sexually related health problems.
society now takes a slightly different view from the attitudes of the
Victorian times, and it is now believed that the line may reveal a
tendency to allergic reactions from certain chemicals and poisons.
However, even now, the link with addiction remains as the palms of drug
addicts are frequently found to have a via lascivia which actually
crosses over the life line.
NB: The addiction line begins low
in the palm, originating from the percussive edge, and moving across
the palm to cross the life line.
is important not to confuse the addiction line with an influence line
which originates deep on the Venus mount, either stemming from the
family ring or from a vertical influence line, crossing over the life
line in the direction of Luna. This would indicate an influence from
another person which may involve travel, possibly overseas.
the Via Lascivia is short and complete or fragmented, it is believed to
indicate an intolerance to certain food, alcohol, drugs, pollens or
pollution. Care must be taken to avoid those things which create a
reaction. The longer the line, reaching as far as the life line, the
more likely is a person to try to escape from life by taking substances
which he may come to depend on. When the line reaches the life line,
warning bells should sound as there is a possibility of dependence. And
as stated above, should the lines actually cross the life line,
addiction may have already become established.