Your Face - A Picture Paints a Thousand Words
Face Reading? How does your face reveal your character and how can it be used in our business and personal life? Your soul is mirrored in your face and reveals many aspects of your character and temperament and even your relationships and future destiny.
Judging a man’s character is not necessarily difficult because we lack technical expertise, so much as that we pay little or no attention to the obvious. And because people are the mysterious creatures they are, it’s not always a simple matter of lumping them into broad categories. The character types can be and usually are a mixture of structural types and will often present contradictory features to you. So a keen attention, insight and common sense are important prerequisites if you’re to become an accomplished reader of human nature. Additional study of mannerisms, facial expressions and vocal intonation are also useful extensions of face reading. These observations will add weight to your perception of self and others.
Face Reading therefore, allows you to see beyond the masks people exhibit. But remember…people don’t always hide their feelings intentionally or to deceive. In many instances inner complexes are deep and hidden, often stemming from childhood difficulties or traumas. To a greater or lessor extent many of us also exhibit these same human frailties. In these instances the study of faces gives us glimpses into the mazes and caverns of humanness – areas many of us desire or are rarely able to connect with.
In this respect, when scrutinising an individual’s past history and the likely background which has moulded their character, the issue of timing or dating comes into play. In many ancient and modern Chinese works, the time factor too, is indicated in the face. At that stage of the study, we begin to work with the subtleties of this remarkable art in which the contours, colour, clarity, balance and symmetry become much more crucial.....and obviously, very fascinating. And there are no less than one hundred points on the face which relate to specific years of life and the general indications of when the positive or challenging effects of life will be evident.
Face read your way to understanding others...
Characteristics like honesty, intelligence and reliability are major attributes that we all seek in ourselves and others. Face reading will immediately offer you valuable information about human beings. You can begin practicing face reading by observing friends, family members, and work colleagues.
Face reading gives you insights into your own and others' character through an understanding of what their facial features reveal. This segment on face reading explains how to make the best impression on those around you and also how to understand the true character of others.
For example, cheeks when too pronounced and lacking in flesh indicate autocratic, and power hungry individual. This is especially so if 'cats eyes' are also present. Though people generally do not know it, there is a 'sense' of power, control, and domination when we meet someone with these features. An individual with such pronounced cheekbones would need to control his or her environment including a deal that's going down!
Face reading is very practical and useful in sales and business applications. This is primarily what we will consider in today's presentation.
Naturally, very few people fall into "pure" type categories, but more often than not, the predominant shape will be recognizable. Experiment with "the face" and see whether you recognize any of the character traits in yourself or others...
The Development of Face Reading
Technology is today a slave of modern human arrogance and selfish cleverness. Medicine has yet to develop an “understanding vaccine”. That medicine, the cure, can only ever come through self discipline and inner knowledge based on attention and discrimination. For thousands of years in many cultures, the search for the ultimate understanding has taken many forms. One of them is face reading.
Face Reading is as old as humanity itself but can recently trace its roots in many countries, their cultures. Greece, India and China had their brilliant exponents of whom some are still well known. Plato and Aristotles - Grecian philosophers held the study of the bumps and the shape of your head in high esteem as did they palm reading.
Varahamihira, the luminary of Hindu Vedic astrology divulged unique and somewhat novel techniques to gauge the character and future events of people. His great work, Brihat Samhita, though appearing odd in its presentation, offers valuable insights into such things as moles, lines an the face and the bodily ratios of limbs. There is even a chapter dedicated to the analysis of pimples! The Brihat Samhita can be dated to around 505 AD.
In his classical masterpiece of psychology and spiritual discipline, Yoga Sutras, another great Indian philosopher, Patanjali, says that eight extraordinary powers may be acquired as a result of protracted self discipline. Some of these extraordinary siddhis or powers include levitation, control of the natural elements, bodily rejuvenation and several forms of earthly and transcendental knowledge. He also makes reference to the technique of understanding human character and destiny through face reading.
Samyama is the intense concentration or focus on the characteristic markings and features of the face and body. He says it results in a profound understanding of human nature and of the future potential or destiny of a person. It’s a study of karma as revealed by the externalisation of the mind and its expression in the human countenance. It’s truly a pathway to psychic and intuitive development.
For most of us leading busy city lives, the rigorous discipline advised in such works as the Yoga Sutras, isn't exactly practical, given the recommended but time consuming meditative practices to develop powers. There are however very simple techniques that may be utilised for the purpose of gaining an insight into the personality of others. It’s called the art of face reading or characterology and has a long and rich history.
It wasn't until 1741 however, that the Swiss-German, Lavater developed some of the most important principles of western style physiognomy and face reading. He was a talented individual who could paint, write poetry and teach. He was also a minister of the church.
His technique in reading character from the face stemmed from his ability to draw portraits and study the idiosyncrasies of his models. His greatest work Physiognomy, is a departure from the usual feature-by-feature analysis and requires an overall "intuitive" feel for the face in question.
More recently in the twentieth century, even as early as 1918 the Merton Institute for Vocational guidance was founded in the US in New York City. It was primarily concerned with the professional activities of people and assisting businesses in employing the right types of staff for specific areas within their organisations. Even companies such as AT&T & The Bud company of Philadelphia utilised the Merton Institute for the employment of staff throughout that period.
The phrenological approach to study of character was not to be a long-term popular activity within society and with the advent of psychology unfortunately took a back seat. Gradually psychology has replaced the technique of face reading, characterology and phrenology in offering companies & educational institutions personality profiles for prospective employees and students.
Two other notable areas of character and health study are palmistry and iridology. Both are becoming increasingly popular and are noted for their use in detecting physical stresses and weaknesses. Just as palmistry and iridology can give us a detailed account of not only the constitutional weaknesses but the character type, so too can face reading - once firmly understood give us intimate knowledge of ourselves and others.
The Face Unmasked
In introducing the general overview of the face, a couple more important points are noteworthy. They relate to the height and width of the head and face. A person with a developed back head is more emotional, family and socially orientated. The narrower the back head the less so. The height of the crown indicates the idealism but more so the authority of the person. When the crown is low the person lacks in confidence to the degree that the crown is underdeveloped.
Obviously, an overdeveloped crown produce a tyrannical, authoritarian nature. Next time you're in the office you'll be inspecting a few crowns on superiors heads I suspect! An ambitious nature is also revealed by a well-developed crown. The upper portion of the top of the head relates to imagination in proportion to its development and the dominance
Passivity can be detected by the width or narrowness of the head when viewed front on. The length of the head reveals foresight. A short head, when viewed side on indicates lack of forethought and a more live in the moment attitude.
Both science and the esoteric schools of knowledge have their own systems of categorising and describing people. Face reading simplifies the whole procedure by relating primarily to the facial shapes that are evident in everyday life. These simple geometric forms can be easily committed to memory and are a very useful key in forming your basic "snapshot" of character.
There are four basic temperaments which are aligned to the elements, planets, and signs of the zodiac. Each of these four character types is associated with a simple geometric shape. Broadly speaking, the mental or inverted triangular shaped face is ruled by Mercury, the circular or vital type by the Moon or Jupiter, the oblong or osseous type by Saturn and the muscular or square type by Mars. Each of these types has its own inherent physical, mental and emotional expression. So let's look at these four elements in a little more detail and study your particular shaped face and what it means.
Your hair is a measure of physical insulation, endurance and overall strength. If your hair is fine, delicate and silky, you are sensitive and also likely to be fragile physically especially if you are of a slender build. Thick wiry hair is an indication of your physical prowess and your resilience in life. You have great recuperative powers and may like a challenge in life.
Hair comes in different grades as you know. Have you really looked closely at the emotional and physical nature of those you know with fine, silky hair? They are more sensitive and physically delicate than the coarser haired person. Their actions are more refined and reflect cultural breeding. You’ll find fine haired people of both sexes seem softer in their attitudes and expressions.
An earthy and more resilient nature is found on coarse-haired individuals. If your hair is thick, coarse and/or full, then you have great recuperative powers and a survival instinct second to none. It endows you with shrewdness and a capacity to handle whatever life dishes out. You may be fond of rugged outdoor activities and hard laborious activities that tend to test your endurance. On the other hand, a finer, softer hair is a clear indication of a less robust physical constitution. Hair is actually a remnant of what was once you! It’s the extension of dead and hardened older cells being forced out of the body by newly dividing cells.
Hair comprises of the following trace metals and is based on a normal population sample:
* Cadmium 0.21 micrograms per gram
* Lead 2.70 micrograms per gram
* Lithium 0.063 micrograms per gram
* Manganese 3.50 micrograms per gram
More recently laboratories can conduct analysis of samples of human hair to give your doctors a clear history of the physiology of the person from whom the samples come. Your hair contains an accurate biological record of chemical changes that have and are occurring within you. The picture that is painted by the hair is not unlike the information recorded in the rings of a tree trunk. Your hair records fluctuations in the normal chemical ratios of the body. Excessive deposits of certain chemicals also may offer clues to environmental and technological effects on your body e.g. smog, mercury in your dental fillings, chemical food additives and so on. That even the hair of your body – the discarded waste – can reveal your dietary and health modes, and at what periods of your life – so too can many of the other living features of your face – in a more direct fashion, indicate other important traits of your character and destiny.
As genetic science unlocks the mysteries of hereditary in animals and man, it will ultimately discover what books such as the Hindu Vedas have proclaimed for thousands of years. That is, that just as a tree is inherent in its seed, so too is the future of man known in his genetic “seed” – DNA Medical science already seems to be developing greater technical testing of the hereditary making of individuals. Tests for proneness to heart disease, cancer and other maladies are available base don your genealogical background, inherent or genetic disposition etc., Scientists now have the world waiting with bated breath as it prods us with the notion of genetically “pre-modified” DNA babies.
Babies whose destinies are pre-programmed - physically, mentally and emotionally. On a more subtle level – the body can be viewed as a large battery – a saline solution with electrical currents moving through the system. Again, according to Vedic Sages, these currents are discharged through the nails and hair of your body. You’ve probably experience that thrill as a child when in the darkness of your room on a windy day you removed your jumper to the crackling sparks of static electricity spitting around your body.
There are many centres of electrical energy in the body. One of the most important points or Chakras of your being is the Brahmananda or Sahasrar – the top of your head. Seated on top is your hair, through which this energy is flowing. It’s no surprise then, that the idea of the body’s electrical field and the planetary lunar and solar energies were thought to be linked and that certain lunar dates were far more beneficial for maintaining the power rather than losing it.
The Greatly Revered Vedic Astrologer Prof. B.V. Raman in his book “Muhurta or Electrical Astrology” says…….. “If a man shaves after food (eating), he commits a great blunder, as the electrical currents from his body, which are about to be discharged by the digestion of food, are harmfully interfered with, and as a natural consequence his health may be affected in the course of time” So the principle concept here is one of conservation of conservation of your energies. As always, experience is the best teacher and will confirm or deny the above traditional views.
The Forehead can be broadly categorized as follows A wide forehead expresses your cleverness and practicality being someone capable of executing duty diligently. This gives you high idealism and a wealth of ideas. A high rounded and deep forehead depicts your idealism, but with a focus on strong friendship. A narrow forehead is considered an obstacle to fulfillment,especially in social situations. Constraints in family life. Need to think things through.
Shallow forehead with a low hairline may cause many obstacles to your career success and parental troubles between the ages of 15 and 30.
Flat forehead gives you a more pragmatic nature, given to factual expression.
Exaggerated forehead reveals you are certainly a dreamer one who needs to anchor your ideas firmly to a plan of achievement.
The receding or "flying" forehead betrays your impatient and spontaneous manner in life. Possessing an indented forehead is not a good omen for you employment or business prospects. Plan and work carefully. Indented with powerful eyebrow ridge means you are quick tempered, impulsive and ambitious.
A pointed forehead shows your high intelligence if your hairline is set back and not too narrow.
Most importantly, look to the eyes. Prominent eyes with bright sparkle or glitter are preferable to small, squinty or shifty eyes which reveal an introverted and secretive nature. In fact the eyes are the most important feature in your close encounters of the business kind. In your search for that employee or partner, look for eyes that sit firmly whilst gazing steadily. This reflects a solid and persevering nature and a person of stability and forthright disposition. In contrast, a wandering or shifty eye portends a nature given to unsettled and inconsistent habits. Restlessness will be evident and other features supporting your observation and gut feeling, a tendency to dishonesty and unreliability will be marked in this type. In short, this is a person of meagre commitment.
Unevenly set eyes convey an unique meaning. Firstly, the person is capable of seeing things from a different perspective and applying lateral thought processes to resolving problems. These people will analyze your comments and observations with a "left-of-field" mentality. Often you will be amazed at the impromptu insights that they offer. If you are looking for someone with a flair for shifting paradigms - then here's your man or woman. These people become invaluable assets to a company looking for enginuity in it's approach.
If the eyes slant upwards the person is an opportunist more so if the brows also slant in that direction (cats eyes look). Many models like Elle McPherson and Claudia Schiffer possess these eyes. They know how to get what they want. If the eyes are of the opposite slant i.e. slanting downwards, the person may be a little self-deprecating and at the mercy of others. They are hardly able to say "no".
The late Princess Dianna and Michael Jackson share a feature of the eyes. They possess floating irises also known as sampaku. The whites are visible under the iris. This indicates an inner turbulence - a person at odds with the world. Though spiritual in nature, they are hard to please or understand and have very high expectations of others. Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln also shared these traits.
The whites visible above the irises may indicate some dangerous elements within the personality. An explosive temper may be latent in this type and the nature very forceful. Caution is the operative word in this case. Charles Manson exhibited these eyes. Chinese face readers call them wolves eyes.
Look at how close or widest the eyes are. Ideally, there should be at least one eye width between both eyes. That being the case, you can assume your subject has a balanced judgement and clear view of the world. The closer set the eyes the narrower the opinion and view of the world at large. It may also reflect an overdependence on parental and family structures. These people may need a nudge to develop their own independent lifestyles. Their willpower should be strengthened in the search for their own self-assurance. Employees and workers displaying eyes of this type certainly need continual encouragement to grow in self-confidence. You will find these types possess little forbearance or tolerance and may crack under stress. Trivial matters can be blown out of all proportion.
In contrast, the wide set eyed character is far more tolerant and broadminded in perspective. People of this class may present a flagrant disregard for authority and advice. A delicate blend of firmness and understanding will iron out the initial stresses between you and this type. Offer them alternative choices in their decision-making processes. In respect of career, these types need room to breathe. Give them plenty of space to explore their creative potential. At times these types possess too broad and superficial an opinion. Pauline Hanson is a case in point.
Deep set eyes betoken an intense, possessive, yet observant nature. When you look into the deep set eyed person you can be sure that the mind motivating them is idealistic and inspirational. Often writers and creatively driven personalities possess deep set eyes. They are romantic to the core. Omar Shariff's or Val Kilmer's eyes represent this class. This idealism is tempered after the age of 35 and surprisingly, reveals a more than capable ability in financial matters. They are of sound judgement, compassionate and serious minded. A philosopher's face may often also display a deep set "soul window". You will need to carefully analyze and balance the other facial features to see whether this type is scattered and impractical. The square or round chin will anchor this type to a more empirical lifestyle. In this case, from a commercial point of view, the middle aged with deep set eyes may be a positive asset to you.
Besides, a roving and unsteady eye, one incapable of looking at you directly, is an attempt to mask inner intentions. Sometimes though, the shy and discouraged will also reflect a similar eye. The look in these cases is an important factor in discriminating between one or the other. Through practice the "look" can be ascertained quite easily and can reveal amazingly accurate character snapshots of your subjects.
What does the look entail? Some looks are cold, others endearing, angry, weak or strong. It is the look which can override an otherwise attractive face. Soft, enticing features will be neutralized by a stern and unfeeling eye or a look which is hard and cruel. Always balance your judgement of character by the look in the eyes that present themselves before you.
Be watchful of people who look drunk even when they haven't had a single beer. Their eyelids sit very heavily over the eyes. Remember, don't jump to conclusions in any of your assessments. For example, the heavy-lidded one may have had little sleep the night before. A sleepy or drunken look is one that is seen in both men and women. It offers a preview of a personality given to strong sexual desire, more so if the lips are excessively thick and slightly opened. Here is a libidinous nature, but one which may be lazy too. Periods of misfortune and despondency are also revealed in this look. Unless you prefer a casual and uncommitted worker or relationship... next please. Cold and unflinching eyes with small pupils and sharp eye light may appear cruel. If the person possesses other features such as a pointed and downward turning nose, sharp angular shaped face and tightly pursed thin lips, be certain that the individual is indeed cruel - both mentally and even perhaps physically. This is a combo for ruthlessness. Accentuated jowls add more weight to your testimony.
The "look" of the eye and its internal expression is something that cannot be taught in words but doesn't necessarily require years of experience to learn. In fact we more or less instinctively do it when we meet people in various situations.
The color of the iris is also an important determinant in your appraisal of character. A deep blue color means that you are in the company of a highly sexed yet gentle and sensitive being. Light blue eyes suppose an individual who is likely to enjoy flirting with the opposite sex.
Deep green eyes are not only highly energized like their blue-eyed cousins but very inventive too - both in practical and personal affairs. You will need a lot of time to understand the spontaneous and sometimes willful mind of a green-eyed person. Men and women of genius often possess this colored eye. You'll need to sharpen your intellectual skills with green eyed people.
Grey eyes reveal a high degree of intelligence and imagination but passion may be less pronounced in this type as reasoning may subdue a part of their initiative. They are a refined class of people with a fastidious streak.
Black eyes are very rare and when encountered are extremely striking. They are somewhat strong natured individuals and don’t always present their case with what you'd call, finesse. You'd need to toughen up your skin to live or work with a black eyed character. A tumultuous road lay ahead if you opt for a life of black eyed fun??.
The eyebrow speaks of reputation, fame and temperament too. In many cases I have found a developed brow line also shows a high degree of dexterity or ability with the hands (engineers, electronics, civil engineers, drafts persons and architects). Individuals who are observant and who have to combine refined measurements with dexterity will have the brow line well developed.
The highly arched or ideal brow often seen in the faces of film stars is described as a dramatic brow.
The low set brow reveals an impulsive temperament whilst a higher brow signals a more cautious attitude to decision making.
A single thick brow over the nose bridge is a sign of intensity and possessive or jealous nature.
A straight brow is the sign of an aesthetic and sensitive temperament.
The intensity of physical action is related to oxygen intake, and the external instruments of the body responsible for that function is the nose. A good sized nose is certainly an indication of wealth too and the capacity to earn money. It shows the attitude a person has to the issue of finances. Ideally, the nostrils should be well concealed for the best financial prospects. The ages of 40 to 50 are ruled by the nose.
The Ideal nose has a high, straight, full and fleshy tip with gently flared but protected nostrils.
The fleshy tip indicates cordiality and warmth of personality. Deep empathy with others. Set high standards for themselves and are good mannered. Oversized nose tip results in violent tendencies. The larger - the more prone to an act of violence
An Aquiline Nose portrays strong will, independence and enterprise with successful mid years.
An upturned nose betokens a luck in social circumstances and a love of mixing with people.
Other noses may include :
- High bridge & pointed: High degree of energy and very curious mind.
- Large: High energy levels but may be more materially concerned than spiritual.
- Small: Reserved, shy type.
- Thin: Highly strung, on edge and somewhat irritable with trifles.
- Wide: Expressive but may develop a devil may care attitude.
- Long: Prudent but anxious.
- Short: Happy, natural.
- Short Snub: Friendly but also secretive. Slow meticulous approach to life.
- Straight: Disciplined nature which is methodical.
The groove on the upper lip, below the nose is worth mentioning. It is called the philtrum. If it is clearly marked, deep and long, it augurs well for a strong and healthy energy levels and vitality. Flat, weak and unpronounced philtrums are a mark of reduced life force and drive.
The mouth is related to communication, speech and the sensual appetites like eating and sex. The lips relate to our ability to nurture others in loving relationships. If the upper lip is considerably thinner than the lower lip, it reveals an inability to reciprocate in relationships. Conversely, a thinner lower lip indicates an overly giving nature.
Lips which are full, round and even convey to you that the person is caring and sensitive. The upper and lower lips in equal distribution reveal a well meaning and communicative personality.
If the lips are large it means an expensive and somewhat luxurious taste - but an expressive and generous temperament nonetheless. Often the large mouthed person can be very vocal under pressure, needing to verbalize, sometimes excessively, their dissatisfaction and frustration.
Small lips which are also tightly pursed warn of a self centered and mean character. The downward curvature of the lips is an marking pointing to discontent in most matters. You may find it hard to please these types irrespective of what you do or say. Look for upward curved lips which indicate the opposite - someone cordial and optimistic with a sunny disposition. Ex Prime Minister Bob Hawke exhibited the thin downward turned lips.
Narrow lips reveal an unemotional character who lives more or less an internalized life, never able to enjoy the pleasure of sharing deeper feelings.
Large lips mean a rich and luxurious taste. Expressive and generous temperament.
- Small: Selfish, miserly.
- Curving down: Discontented.
- Large lips: Hedonistic.
- Curving up: Cheerful.
- Curved lips: Changeable.
- Straight lips: Self-controlled.
- Narrow lips: Unemotional.
This relates to the stamina of the individual and the stronger the jaw line the greater the degree of stamina and endurance. People with very strong jaw lines can sometimes be considered stubborn. If the jaw line exceeds the balance of other features in the face, don't be too hasty in your judgement as this may simply mean a person who has strong convictions and who is not easily swayed by the opinions of others.
The chin should be rounded or square in shape with a gentle fullness. If this is the case, the latter part of life, during the 60's and 70's will be satisfying and lucky.
A protruding chin displays a strongly independent, determined individual.
Weak or receding chin reveals a weaker willed personality.
Jawline extending beyond earline betokens an individual who doesn't like losing and who may brook no opposition.
The ears fall in the mid section of the head but represent the early, formative years of life between birth and 15. As such, look to the ears to determine the foundation of life and the potential for achievement especially during the mid life ages 40 - 50.
The ears should exhibit good, fleshy inner and outer helixes. Thin and poorly shaped outer helixes may reveal diminishing health.
Some other general types of ears are as follows:-
- Set Close to Head: Plans ahead and is thrifty. Doesn't like to leave too much to chance.
- Protruding: An original thinker. Lonely. Non conformist.
- Ears with small lobes: Not easy to achieve sexual fulfillment Dependant and may lack initiative.
- Ears with large lobes: Independent, strong minded.
- Large ears: Intellectual.
- Longer than wider ears: Keen, impractical.
- Small ears: Instinctive.
- Ears with no lobes: Unresponsive and lacks purpose.
If status and position mean anything at all to you, you'll begin paying a lot more attention to this part of your own and others' faces. Cheeks tell the story of industriousness, power and authority in a person's life. Although as westerners we have a preference for a prominent and bonier style of cheek, the eastern (especially Chinese face readers) have a different perception.
Ideally, your cheeks should be prominent, fleshy and high set with full body, color and a warm glow. These attributes must be balanced against the position and strength of your nose. Both these features should harmonize with each other. The cheeks should stand somewhat apart from the nose not crowding it, nor too distant. The height of both should not detract from each other. If you do indeed possess fine cheeks of this description you will have very good chances of all round happiness.
In describing the ideal cheeks, Santa Clause may spring to mind with his rosy and shiny set of chubby cheeks. But according to eastern opinion, the excessively shiny cheek is indicative of digestive trouble. The cheeks are a pretty good barometer of health changes from time to time. Keep a close watch on your own biological gauge your cheeks. Other cheek colors to take note of in yourself and others are...
- Overly red cheek: lung and bronchial imbalance
- Shiny and red: gallbladder and/or heart problems
- Red and rashy: trouble in the intestinal region
And in the sphere of personal relationships the color of the cheeks may also herald some very important changes. For example,
- Blue or greenish tinge - turbulence or difficulty in love life
- Dark or grey tinge - inner dissatisfaction and poor circumstances generally
- Any moles or marks which appear suddenly are indicators of danger or trouble through deception
The stronger the cheeks, the more authoritative you are. Those in positions of control, executive power and leadership will often be seen to possess very strong, prominent cheeks. In romance and marriage, the partner with the more powerful cheeks is said to control the other. When meeting others of the opposite sex take note of the strength of the cheeks. Compare your own and study the play of energies between you. Who is the dominant partner? Do you or the other person own the stronger cheeks? In this way you should foster the spirit of understanding and insight into your relationships - both for business and pleasure.
If your cheeks are prominent yet not fleshy it shows your frugal and economical disposition. You have a natural thrift not only where money matters are concerned but in virtually every department of life. You hate waste! You may be the one in the family who must eat the last vegetables left on your child's plate for fear that they may end up in the bin. Or, if you have a pet, you take pleasure in seeing that no scraps have been discarded by being offered at the door of the kennel for the next morning's breakfast.
In the case of undeveloped cheeks means you or not that forceful in your communication style and tend to be a little laid back but usually quite happy with what providence brings along. You must be a little wary that this doesn't deteriorate into an apathetic stance, which may cause lost opportunities for you.
Sometimes the cheeks appear to be strong in their presentation and are pronounced but lacking at the base. This means you are a forceful individual who is combative by nature. You are reactive to the circumstances and people around you and are learning the lessons of graciously living and letting live.
If your cheeks are narrow but strong you have a very stubborn streak in your nature. You are not easily changed in opinion or swayed from the course of action you set your mind upon. You are also extremely forceful in the way you present your opinions and ideas to others. This may not serve you as well as you think - especially if you require the support of your peers and superiors in your professional arena.
To gain a quick snapshot of the person's character you can do so simply by looking at the shape of the face. There are four basic shapes but many other combinations.
Oblong - Practical
The Earth Type is considered as part and parcel of the other three categories in the Ayurvedic discipline. You'll recognize yourself as belonging to this category by the longer, more oblong shaped face. You will also find yourself taller and possibly bonier than your squatter, ligamentuous brother Meosmorphs mentioned above.
As an earth type you are practical, methodical and deliberate but may tend to overwork. You will probably find the lion's share of workaholics in this category. You can be excessively concerned about material and financial security, so you push yourself to the limits in trying to acquire those things that remove this sense of worldly inadequacy.
In the process of your striving for success, you are severe on yourself and others. Hopefully you are not of the lower type which is quite the opposite - tending to gross sensuality and emotional and dietary excess.
Some areas of physical weakness which may need to be watched include the skeletal and subcutaneous regions as well as your teeth and hair. The Earth Signs are Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn. As Taurus reflects the earthy Mesomorph, it regulates the throat and neck region so the thyroid and also lymphatic system is a constitution flashpoint.
Often the Virgoan (another earth sign) suffers a nervous condition affecting the digestion. Vedic astrologers consider the sign of Virgo as the most sensitive in the Zodiac. The leaner Mesomorphs, especially those given to the 100 hour work week, must learn to be less fastidious and worried about results and simply relax and sleep a little more.
Modern western society in particular, has glorified the earthy Mesomorphic physique. The best looking actors and models, both male and female, tend to reflect the ideal mesomorphic shape. The danger of beauty lay in narcissism, which in the lower examples of Mesomorphy, is quite pronounced. This gives rise to numerous psychological issues creating obstacles in the area of relationships.
Many mesomorphs find it hard to transcend the body idea and find themselves relating to others on this body to body level. You will find meditation and spiritual contemplation a medicine for you if this experience happens to be part of your journey.
Round - Emotional
You can easily recognize a "watery", emotional human being as the short and stocky type. If your facial shape and body structure is distinctly rounded and tending to a somewhat fleshy look, you'll fall into this category. Another designation for you is an endomorph
Your body type means that you are predominantly emotional, sensitive and caring. Cancer is the Cardinal water sign of the zodiac and symbolizes motherhood and nurturing. This makes you extremely considerate and compassionate. You like to extend this facet of your nature into every area of activity, including your work. Which is not to say you are a blob of maudlin sentimentality. You do however, seem to have a natural tendency to interact with others from an emotional base, making you "mother" to your peers.
And that is also the case if you are a male. You may take intense interest in your projects, desiring to nourish concepts from an inceptive stage, watering the idea at each and every step - much like a mother feeding her newborn infant. And just as a mother fearing the flight of her teenagers, at some point you also may have some lessons to learn about delegating tasks and letting go.
You are generally a conservative who is best suited to social situations and perform very well in professional arenas where a social and playful environment accommodates your naturally easy going style. You also need and desire security and stability very much. You therefore have a natural affinity with money and finance and can do well in the home sciences, sales careers and the socially interactive professions like catering and hospitality. The banking and real estate sectors would also be ideal for your innate talents.
You may be prone to weight disorders and emotional difficulties if you slot into this category at the other end of the scale. It means that emotions are perhaps not dealt with or "digested" correctly in your experience. This "indigestion" has its counterpart in the alimentary tract of your body. It's no coincidence that the medical fraternity refer to your type as an alimentive class of being. You do love food.
You also tend to retain excess fluid in the body, have a large chest, large magnetic eyes and thick hair. With Endomorphs, the Moon or Jupiter is usually prominent at the time of birth and so, according to astrologers and other alternative practitioners, weight problems may become an issue for you.
The Water Signs are Cancer, Pisces and Scorpio. According to Hindu Ayurveda, the ruling water planets are Venus, Moon and Jupiter and hence Taurus, Libra and Sagittarius may be taken as water signs as well.
The Chinese face readers agree that you are a liquid and adaptable, sensitive and pliable individual. With other positive features this is a good basis for success in midlife. It is more so if your neck is thick. The reverse holds true for thinner necked water types.
The Chinese readers also believe that being a full faced endomorph means that you may feel family life imposes upon you and that your time is never fully capable of being devoted to your other social passions. Compromise will mark the evolved types while the less developed amongst your class will struggle and perhaps fail at reaching the golden mean, as Buddha called it.
Strong sexual fantasies also feature strongly for you. Coupled with your natural charm and demonstrative affection, you can provide very loving and satisfactory romantic alliances which last. Men of your nature prefer to stay in committed partnerships and function at their best when love and home are stable.
Square - Physical
Well built, muscular and energetic people are called Mesomorphs. If your physical structure is like this... read on. Your face and head have a squarish shape, as may even your ears. You have a solidly built frame, which indicates your ardent interest in physical activities, sports and outdoor movement in general.
As a fire type you are seen to be aggressive, ambitious and dominating. You may be irritable and quick to anger but usually cool off just as suddenly. Others are intimidated by the sheer force of your approach but they will always know where you and they stand.
Your mind is sharp and analytical and so you make a good practical worker, scientist, engineer or mechanic. Dexterity is one of your strengths. Others at first may not notice but your mind likes to look beneath the surface of things. So you'd make a good researchers as well.
In health, you are prone to skin disorders, rashes and muscular strains and tears as a result of overexertion. In extreme cases, you may be accident prone through your impulsive streak. Your eyes too may also cause you problems at times. Fortunately, being endowed with strength and vitality, you are also blessed with strong recuperative powers.
You have a voracious appetite and love eating but unlike the endomorphic water type you tend to burn up calories rather quickly due to your continual activity. Furthermore, you have an excess of bile which may create a need for a careful dietary program to assist your digestion because of overacidity.
The Fire Signs include Aries, Leo and Sagittarius. Scorpio can also be taken as fire as its sub ruler is Mars.
The eastern characterologists consider the square a sign of stability and earthiness. No wonder you are regarded as an earthy no nonsense type of individual who shoots from the hip. The "Statesman's" face - e.g. Winston Churchill possesses the square earthiness which you share and portrayed his serious demeanour, deliberate and decisive decision making .
It's not usually evident but if you are a more refined type Mesomorph you also have good communication and understanding with your romantic/marriage partners. You are able to reflect on problems and are capable of affectionately demonstrating your love.
Triangular - Mental
A rational temperament is known more technically as ectomorph nature. If you fall into this category of humans, your head and face are easily recognized, as is your body type. You possess a slender wiry frame and your head is of an inverted triangular or pear shape. The high forehead indicates good intelligence, good high hairline, unblemished = good intelligence. You may make errors of judgement and choice in relationships & be suspicious, mistrusting and highly strung.
Your veins are quite prominent with hair that is fine, soft or silky. Your type is usually very restless. You are one of those people always on the go - active, quick, versatile and talkative. Your voice may also seem somewhat high pitched.
Because the mental type is curious and investigative, all of the areas that allow free reign to your thirsty intellect will provide the best fulfillment for you. For the most part you are known as an active, athletic and energetic individual but may somehow lack stamina and burn out quickly. You must learn the art of pacing yourself to maximize energy reserves.
Astrologically speaking, the air signs are Gemini, Libra and Aquarius. Even though Capricorn is an earth sign astrologically it is assigned the property of air in Ayurveda. The planets ruling air are Mercury, Dragons Head (Lunar North Node) and Saturn.
The Chinese Face readers refer to your face as a Fire Face and this results in you being bright, intelligent, sensitive, creative and very active. These traits do reflect a fiery nature, and so coupled with your fine thinking capacity, you possess positive traits of both elements - fire and air.