The Ancient Art of Chinese Face Reading

A beautiful lip shape is considered an exhibition of dignity, purity, honesty, beauty, elegance, and charm. Pictured above: Anastasia Lin, actress, model, and human rights activist. (Image courtesy of Anastasia Lin / www.anastasialin.net)
A beautiful lip shape is considered an exhibition of dignity, purity, honesty, beauty, elegance, and charm. Pictured above: Anastasia Lin, actress, model, and human rights activist. (Image courtesy of Anastasia Lin / www.anastasialin.net)

Chinese face reading, also known as physiognomy, has a history of thousands of years in China. In ancient China, there was a saying: “If you want to know whether someone is wise, just look at their forehead; if you want to know about a person’s reputation, nobleness, wealth, blessings, and longevity, look at their eyebrows, eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and jaw.”

Psychologically speaking, it also makes sense. An old saying goes: “The changing of a situation follows the determination of the heart.” The determination refers to your self-confidence. A person with self-confidence is able to keep a good state of mind and can do things more positively, so their efforts are more easily recognized by others, and things tend to go more smoothly.

The forehead

Wisdom is judged by the shape of your forehead — a full forehead is favored. A smooth and full forehead is considered a symbol of beauty and wisdom. Almost all beautiful people have a full forehead. It’s also been observed that most celebrities, successful business people, royalty, and kings have full foreheads, representing the look of being blessed.

Besides the shape of your forehead, the level of your hairline also reveals information. A person with a lower hairline is considered to be slow in thought and action.

The eyes

The eyes are the windows to the soul. They reveal the height of your wisdom, nobleness, leadership qualities, and your vitality. The size, location, shape, and the expression of your eyes reflect your personality, as well as the ups and downs you will face in the future, including career, fame, wealth, love, marriage, and so on.

Single-fold eyelids make your eyes appear smaller and are considered “less beautiful,” because the eyes seem unable to express emotions well.

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Eyes are the windows to the soul. They reveal the height of your wisdom, nobleness, leadership qualities, and your vitality. (Image courtesy of Anastasia Lin / www.anastasialin.net)

The nose

The nose reveals one’s prospects of wealth. As far as aesthetics go, a pretty nose is a straight nose. The nose is in charge of wealth: “If one has a high nose, his chances of becoming an officer will be higher. A high and straight nose with a plump fleshy tip can bring a man a successful career as an official, or wealth to a woman.

Someone with a collapsed nose can’t be rich, and someone with a wide nose will have trouble bringing in money.

The jaw

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.

The ears

Foreseeing blessings by reading the ears — thick ears brings luck. Big round earlobes can bring good luck and good fortune. Traditionally, Buddha images have rounded, hanging earlobes.

In physiognomy, it’s believed that a person with heavy earlobes will have good fortune in wealth and friendship. A woman with big, soft earlobes is considered to be 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 a man who is seeking an ideal wife.

Big round earlobes can bring good luck and good fortune. Traditionally, Buddha images have rounded, hanging earlobes. (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0) (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Big round earlobes can bring good luck and good fortune. Traditionally, Buddha images have rounded, hanging earlobes. (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

The mouth

Predicting one’s income by reading the mouth — plumper lips are preferred. Lip shapes reveal the extent of a person’s desire, as well as a person’s tolerance. A beautiful lip shape is considered an exhibition of dignity, purity, honesty, beauty, elegance, and charm.

The ancients believed 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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