We know that genetics and diet affect our facial structure, that people who laugh a lot develop laugh lines, and that those who are depressed often end up with a hunch in old age. However most of us may never have considered that the physiognomy we were born also illustrates aspects of our personality and the income we will earn the course of our lives.
The Chinese art of face reading however, does just that.
Developed over thousands of years by Chinese doctors, it correlates different facial features with certain personality traits, and sees them as predictors of how a person will act and what they will achieve.
There is an ancient Chinese saying which goes: “If you want to know whether someone is wise, just look at their forehead; if you want to know about a person’s reputation, nobility, wealth, blessings, and longevity, look at their eyebrows, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and jaw.”
Face reading however, is not meant to be fatalistic. Another saying tells us that: “The changing of a situation follows the determination of the heart,” meaning that when someone is able to keep a positive state of mind, they are much more likely to achieve.
Model Tyra Banks, known for her distinctive forehead. Banks attends the WIE Symposium in New York City on Sept. 21, 2013. (Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
Wisdom is judged by the shape of the forehead. A smooth and full forehead is considered a symbol of wisdom and beauty and gives a person the look of being blessed. If you look at most celebrities, successful business people, and royalty, you’ll see a lot of full foreheads.
Besides the shape of the forehead, the level of the hairline also reveals information. A person with low hairline is considered to be slow in thought and action.
Eyes are the windows of the soul. They reveal the level of one’s nobility and vitality and their capacity as leaders. The size, location, shape, and expression in a person’s eyes reflect their personality, as well as the ups and downs they will face in the future, including career, fame, wealth, love, and marriage.
Single-fold eyelids make the eyes appear smaller and are considered less beautiful, because the eyes seem unable to express emotions well.
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The nose reveals a person’s prospects of wealth and power. It is said that: “If one has a high nose, his chances of becoming an official will be higher. A high, straight nose with a plump fleshy tip can bring a man successful career as an official, and wealth to a woman. One who has a collapsed nose can’t be rich, and the one with a wide nose will have trouble bringing in money.”
One’s longevity is revealed in the shape of the chin. A rounded chin is a sign of being blessed. A traditional saying holds that “one with a good chin is blessed, and he will have good fortune in his later years.” A woman with a good chin and cheeks will make a good housekeeper, and will always put her family and her husband first.
By reading the ears one can foretell blessings—thick ears brings luck. Big round earlobes can bring good luck and good fortune. Traditionally, Buddha images have rounded, hanging earlobes.
In Chinese face reading, it is believed that a person with heavy earlobes has very good fortune in wealth and friendship. A woman with big, soft earlobes is considered a very generous and considerate person, especially toward her husband and children. She receives blessings from her parents, is very popular among her friends, and is the best candidate for the man seeking an ideal wife.
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Income is predicted by reading the mouth and plumper lips are preferred. Lip shapes reveal the depth and scope of a person’s desires, as well as a their tolerance. Full lips are considered an exhibition of dignity, purity, honesty, beauty, elegance, and charm.
The ancient Chinese said that women with thin lips were heartless and gossips, and that marrying a thin-lipped woman could bring bad luck to her husband.
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