The lines traditionally called children lines are fine vertical lines from the Union (marriage) line on the side of the palm under the pinkie. Most of the time the lines which represent children are somewhat indistinct, so a keen eye or a magnifying glass might be needed to see them.
The way I observe these is by looking at the quality of the lines and whether they are present at all. These lines ideally should be fine and distinct without blurry edges, scars, or dry skin. With the latter, it could indicate problems regarding conception.
Please note, these lines are unreliable in predicting the number of children if any. Only women give birth, yet both sexes can have children’s lines. Hence, the fertility line is a more appropriate term. However, for the purpose of the information for your knowledge, I give the old fashioned meanings.
IF NO LINES PRESENT?
If the lines are missing (or barely visible) altogether on a woman’s hand, it can mean that she has no interest in having a child and may not feel close to other people’s children either. There may be another underlying reason for it, such as infertility or lack of a suitable partner. Look to other indicators on the palms for clues such as vertical lines on the base of the mount of Venus.
MANY CHILDREN LINES BUT NO CHILDREN
A woman with many lines might never have conceived a child, but she might be a great aunt or have pets. She might consider them to be a part of her family. A teacher for example, who loves to be around youngsters might have several lines even if she does not have any offspring of her own. These lines represent potential, so having many lines of children could depict a highly fertile individual.
Where else to find the lines?
Other areas can show these lines. Look for vertical lines at the base of the Venus mount of the dominant hand. The longer the line, the stronger the character of the person. A long line might also depict a girl, and the shorter ones describe boys. There might also be some fine horizontal lines on the middle phalange of the pinkie. These lines are a bit more challenging to see. A longer line shows a strong personality or a girl.
HOW TO TELL IF THE CHILD WILL BE A BOY OR A GIRL
There’s a 50% chance that the line represents a boy and vice versa. I have been right 50% of the time (understandably). Because these lines are so difficult to read, I can only give you something to go by based on what other palmists have written about in the past.
A shorter thinner line is supposed to represent the girl and a more extended thicker line, a boy. Sometimes the line representing a girl is a straight line and boy is arched. It depends on the texture of the skin of the mother as to how well these lines form. If there are a multitude of lines, it might represent a person who is a good mother. It can also depict a mother figure, possibly also the grandchildren.
Below is an example reading of these lines. This woman had a miscarriage or termination of an unborn child at age 22. She wasn’t married. Later after marriage, she had four children. After a ten year marriage, she divorced and met a new partner whom she was a stepmother to another three children.
Does age matter when reading the lines?
Age does matter when estimating someone’s children’s lines. Before you read someone’s hand, firstly make sure they are at least at childbearing age. Ask them if they have already had children or grandchildren. For example, a woman in her fifties might no longer show the correct number of children lines because she herself will not have any more children. Or, she might be too old to start having any at that age.
The ideal age to read the children’s lines is between 25-40. If the subject is too young, the lines might still be changing. A person over the age of forty has fewer chances of falling pregnant, so the lines are unreliable. Using my own hand as an example, I have four children: During the pregnancies at my age between 30-37, the lines showed four lines. Now at age 52, I have about 15 lines, therefore I no longer have reliable indicators of the number of children.