Meditation & Health #23 – The Fate Behind the Five Facial Features

Meditation & Health #23 Contents

The Fate Behind the Five Facial Features

By Xin Kuo & Nary Chea


Traditional physiognomy is an ancient art whereby a person’s fate is analyzed through the observation of their facial features, complexion, bones, and the lines on their palms. Assessing certain qualities of the face and head is a means of gathering information about a person’s health, wealth and overall destiny.



The Five “Officers”

The five key facial features are the ears, eyebrows, eyes, nose, and mouth. In physiognomy, each feature is referred to as an “officer” in command of certain aspects of life experience.

In physiognomy terms, the ears are deemed the “listening officers,” responsible for monitoring sound and language. The eyebrows are closely associated with lifespan. Long eyebrows signify longevity, and thus are deemed the “longevity protectors.” Eyes are the “observing officers,” playing a critical processing and monitoring role. Since the nose identifies and makes distinctions between odors, it is the “judging officer.” The mouth is deemed the “speech officer.”

Since both the listening officers and the speech officer signify the notion of input and output, they symbolize cycles. With regard to the eyes and nose, where one is the observer while the other is the judge, they signify omniscience and the ability to distinguish between right and wrong. The eyebrows play the role of coordinator and faithful companions of the eyes, overseeing the workings of the five sensory organs (or “five officers”). Each of the five officers bears a heavy responsibility and works closely with the others.

A Blessed Life Is Found in the Face

Ancient folks believed that a person’s abundance is depicted by the ears, prominence by the eyebrows, dignity by the eyes, wealth by the nose, and blessings by the mouth.

The way to ascertain a person’s fate as signified by the ear is to study its shape and color. A pair of blessed ears are situated higher than the eyes and set close to the head. Well-defined and thick, they slightly pale in color compared to the color of the face, or they appear rosy. A blessed person’s earlobes are plump, like the ears of Buddha and the bodhisattvas on statues. The deities’ voluminous ears droop onto their shoulders, signifying nobility.

Eyebrows that connote a rewarding destiny are delicate, well-balanced, slender, smooth, and neat. Eyebrows that curve like a crescent symbolize outstanding wisdom. Beautifully arched eyebrows represent authority and leadership. Fine lines between the brows signify wealth. Fine pale hairs in the eyebrows are said to indicate longevity.

The eyes reflect our inner world. Those with great self-confidence, fantastic leadership skills, and the abilities to carry out tasks independently have bright, attractive eyes with a steady gaze.

The nose represents wealth. A good nose profile is one where its dorsum is high and points straight toward the middle of the eyebrows. A rounded nose tip that is firm, fleshy and shiny signifies that the person can accumulate wealth. When the bridge of the nose is prominent and high, it signifies a strong ability to retain wealth.

The shape, fullness and color of the lips determine whether a mouth indicates success. The mouth should not be skewed, the lips should be plump and ruddy, and the lip line should be clearly defined. Also, neat white teeth with a scarlet tongue represent good health and abundance of food and clothing.


Health Signals From the Features


Facial features are always closely associated with one’s health. It is believed that the facial features show the state of the internal organs.

Sparse eyebrows and yellowing or whitening eyebrow hairs are signs of failing kidneys.Looking at the ears also helps determine if the kidneys are healthy. Good hearing and intelligence are signs of healthy kidneys. Those with kidney deficiency will have weak hearing and an inability to respond effectively. If the auricle is thin and small, it is most likely that the kidney qi is weak. In contrast, if it is thick and the skin moist, and the lobes droop, the kidneys are full of vitality and a long life is indicated.

The eyes reflect the condition of the liver. Those with poor liver function have blurred vision and their eyes look cloudy and listless. People suffering from jaundice or cholestasis (reduction or stoppage of bile flow) often have yellowish eyes. Fatigue, staying up late, poor diet, and other unhealthy, stress-promoting lifestyle factors can lead to an overworked liver, causing dry, stinging and bloodshot eyes.

The nose connects directly to the lungs. A clear airway signifies energized lungs. Healthy lungs allow easy breathing and a good sense of smell. If the sense of smell is not sensitive, coupled with regular coughing or shortness of breath, this could mean poor lung function. People with heat in the lungs and asthma tend to twitch their noses, and the nasal tip could appear either pale or very dark in color, signifying poor blood circulation.

The lips tell the condition of the spleen and stomach. Full lips and a ruddy complexion can indicate a well-balanced spleen and stomach which are functioning at optimum digestive capacity. If the mouth is dry and the lips are red and swollen, it is possible that the stomach is suffering from dampness or there is blood stasis. Dark-colored lips usually indicate heart problems, while dry and purplish-black lips may mean one is suffering from a serious illness. Quivering lips may be a sign of the onset of a stroke.

Enhancing Beauty

In physiognomy, looks are governed by one’s mind and thoughts. A person’s appearance is not immutable. One’s health and mood follow changes in the mental environment and thus it is possible to change one’s features and temperament too. If you wish to look prettier and change your fate, try the following:

• Practice meditation

To be radiant and filled with vivacity, try meditation, which can quickly cleanse your body and mind and replenish you with vital energy that improves appearance.

• Offer flowers and water to the Buddha

In dharma practice, offering flowers to the Buddha with a sincere heart is said to enhance beauty. Offering a glass of clear water to the Buddha daily with reverence is a calming practice that can also help one to be mindful of keeping pure intentions.

• Perform kind acts

Buddhists believe that beauty can be acquired by doing kind deeds. In one Song-dynasty story, there was a person named Yin Zhu who had cloudy eyes, a flat nose, and teeth with exposed roots. Cai Xiang, a famed fortuneteller, told him that his features signified a short life. He advised Yin Zhu to accumulate virtue by doing kind deeds, which would result in a longer life.

He practiced faithfully what the fortuneteller suggested, and indeed his facial appearance began to change. His eyes became brighter, his teeth set back in place, and the bridge of his nose became higher. Yin Zhu eventually became a high-ranking official and lived a long life.

True beauty comes from within. A person who has a compassionate heart has a kind and dignified look. If you wish to have keen ears, listen to sound advice; if you wish to have lovely bright eyes, see the good in others; if you wish to have beautiful lips, say only kind words. Perform good deeds, give generously, and treat all with gratitude. One’s looks and fate can be altered with a change in one’s actions and thoughts. Your inner beauty will shine through your appearance.


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