FACE READING OR PHYSIOGNOMY
Interpretation of character and fate from the study of a person's face
is called 'Physiognomy' or 'Face reading'. It is obvious that when we
meet an unknown person, we try to understand his feelings by looking at
his face. So the origin of Physiognomy traces back to the date of
origin of human beings. Indications of a person's progress in yogic
path are described with respect to Physiognomy in Hindu text
'Svetasvatara Upanishad', composed earlier than 500 B.C. According to
Hindus, Samudra (deity of oceans) have first given 'Anga Samudrika'
(Body language). King Prahlada has contributed a lot to this subject.
Chinese texts dating back 300 B.C., mention Physiognomy.
Socrates(470-399 B.C.) was a great physiognomist. The first book on Physiognomy 'Displaying the Secrets of Nature Relating to Physiognomy' was written by Aristotle(384-322 B.C.). As it was mentioned by Marco Polo, the Arabs also practised physiognomy. Physician and philosopher Avicenna(980-1037 A.D.) has written about Physiognomy in his book 'De animalibus'. Michael Scot(1175-1232 A.D.), court astrologer to Emperor FrederickII, also composed a book 'De hominis phisiognomun', which was printed in 1477 and became best seller for years together. Italian doctor d'Abano(1250-1316) also wrote many books on both Astrology and Physiognomy. During sixteenth century many authors have written books on this subject. Gerolamo Cardano, born in Italy in 1501, wrote many books on Medicine, Mathematics, Astronomy, Physics, Astrology, Dream Analysis, and Physiognomy. Cardano believed that a person's character and fate are symbolized by the shape, lines, and markings of his or her forehead. He wrote a total of 13 books on the subject of forehead reading. In 1586, Porta published 'De humana physiognoma' in which he compares the likenesses of human beings to certain animals. He says if some one resembles a particular animal, he will also have the same tendencies and temperament of that animal. Kaspar Lavater(1741-1801) was regarded as the founder of the modern Physiognomy for his tremendous work in this subject. Later on Cesare Lombroso has made this subject more popular.
The face as a whole
By observing the face of a person as a whole, we can get a keen idea of how his life would be in general, starting from childhood till his old age.
1. Parents region:
The position where the hair starts at the top of forehead represents parents and the person's relationship with them. If this area is smooth and shining, the person's parents are fortunate in matters of health and career and the person's childhood is filled with happiness. If this area is indented or with dull skin color then the person's parents face troubles during his childhood.
2. Career and Success region:
We have this area below the Parents region and above the eyebrows. If this position is good, gently rounded and bright, it represents good career prospects and early settlement in the career. If this area is indented or hollow and dark in color, it shows the person's intelligence will not help him in his career and misfortune from his 21st to 25th years.
3. Life region:
This area lies between the eyebrows. If it is firm, bright, gently rounded, then it symbolizes a successful career after 27th year of age. It represents a friendly person with positive attitude towards life. If the space between eyebrows is wide and eyebrows are thick the person earn good money and his longevity is also good. If the eyebrows are closer and there is a hair line connecting the two eyebrows, it is a sign of negative mind who is obstinate and unforgiving. If this Life region is dull or any colors found there, it represents unhappiness in career and poor health.
4. Middle age region:
This region starts at center of the eyes and covers till the end of the nose tip. Any cross lines, patches and black spots in this region represent ill health and problems with the spouse in the middle age.
5. Love and Emotional region:
This is the area below the two eyes. If this area is bright, bulgy and rounded, the person will have deep emotional involvement. He or she will fall in love easily and whole heartedly. If this area has wrinkles or low and not smooth, then the person faces failures in love affairs due to selfishness or over indulgence.
6. Fertility and children region:
This area represents the groove which connects the nose with the center of the upper lip. This is also called philtrum. A long, broad and deep philtrum indicates good fertility and ability to have children. It also represents long life. When the philtrum is low or flat, it represents less energy and childlessness. A short philtrum represents early death.
7. Old age region:
This is the region below the lower lip which is also called the chin. If this area is strong, rounded and spacious, it represents happiness in old age after 60th year. If this area is low with a weak jaw and dark hue, it indicates unhappy and friendless old age. It also represents dangers of drowning, poisoning, and food or water born diseases.
Shapes of faces
Round shaped faces are also called Moon faces. They represent laziness, lack of energy, imaginative and jovial persons. They love good food and highly domestic.
| Square shaped faces are called Earth faces. They represent a tough and aggressive person, offensive and sociable. They are suitable for works where more muscular energy is required.|
| Rectangular faces represent a honest, diplomatic and
leadership qualities. They are suitable for professions as top level executives and officials.|
|We can also have triangular faces. An upright triangle
which starts with narrow area at the forehead and comes down widening,
represents Fire face. This is a symbol for anger, low talent but
boastful, and rough person. |
|An inverted triangle which becomes narrowed at the chin, is also called Air face. This signifies a cheerful, bright temperament, hyperactive and sensitive person. This type of face indicates disturbed married life.|
Side Profile of face
A straight face represents a person whose nature is balanced.
|A concave face represents a person who sees dark side of life.|
|A convex face makes a person an optimist with a happy disposition.|
|If a straight horizontal line is drawn from the corner of the eye towards the ear, it should just touch the ear's upper portion. If the ear is located above the straight line, it denotes the person is of refined nature.|
|Ear set low below the line and close to the head represents criminal tendencies.|
|If the ear is erected out from the
head, with much gap between the head and ear, the person depends on
inner self to gain success. |
A high and even forehead with a good shining gives a person intelligence and a rich life to enjoy. Any black shades or black creases on forehead represents obstacles in his career. Three clear horizontal lines on the forehead give longevity.
If the eyebrows are set apart, it represents broad mindedness.
|Eyebrows close to each other represent critical minded person who expects exactness in every work.|
|If the eyebrows are high set, then it denotes an irresponsible attitude and superior tastes.|
|If the eyebrows are low set and nearer to the eyelids, then they represent a prudent and calculative nature and an insecure mind.|
|If the eyebrows are like a straight line, the person will become practical and unimaginative.|
The colored circular portion of the eye is called 'iris'. If these irisis float too high, we will have an unstable and disturbed person. He is not trust worthy. Sometimes it denotes premature death.
|If the irisis sink too low in the eye, a cruel and perverse nature is indicated.|
|If the iris is large, thus occupying much of the space in the eye , the person cannot hide affections and emotions.|
|If the iris is small, and hence the white portion of the eye is much seen, then the person is secretive.|
|If the gap between the two eyes is large, the person is expansive and communicative.|
|If the eyes are closely set, then the person will be criticising others, and will not demonstrate his feelings.|
Color of Eyes
A dark eye denotes a forceful nature than a light colored one. Light blue colored eyes represent flirtation. Deep blue is a sign of gentle love. Brown eyed people are devoted in love and friendship. Hazel eyes represent a highly impressionable and affectionate type. Grey represents good intellect and imagination. Green eyes denote an inventive and adaptable nature. Black eyes provide passion and tenderness.
If the nose is long, the person will be proud of his accomplishments. If short nose is found, we will have a free person escaping from responsibility. Broad nose gives stability of mind.
|Nose tilted up with nostrils visible represents a spendthrift and
emotional person. |
The size of the upper lip represents the ability to love and the size of lower lip represents need for love.
|If the lip corners are turned up, cheerful and friendly disposition is seen.|
| If the lip corners are turned down, irresolute person with depression can be seen.|
|Full and broad lips show sensuous tendency. Thin lips show brevity
and concise behaviour of the person. He will also be a learned person. |
A large mouth is a sign of outgoing and extroverted person. A small mouth represents introverted, careful and cautious people.
A narrow, pointed or weak chin represents less energy and drive. They face problems in old age. A broad, round chin is symbolic of generosity and good humour. A broad and square shaped chin makes the person work hard. It is a mark of steadiness.
A strong and deep jaw line just below the ear lobe represents the person has good will power and energy. Weak jaw indicates flexibility.
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Find more information on Physiognomy at the following links |
|Phrenology or head reading|
|The face of Mahatma|
|The Seven types of faces|