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Bad Fortune Mole

I was at a dinner function last night, shortly after I landed in KLIA. One of the ladies kept pestering me if she should remove one of her moles from her face.


Here I am – head spinning still on SF time – trying to intelligently answer this woman if she should remove her mole.

I said Yes. Why not? It’s your mole. You can do whatever you want with it.

Not satisfied with my answer she asked again:

“is this a bad (fortune) mole?” – I said yes.

“will this change my luck?” - I said No.

“Then why do I need to remove it!?” – As I said. It’s your choice. You may look prettier without it. :-)

Moles DO NOT directly affect your luck nor your destiny. In face reading, moles merely INDICATE certain aspects/events/attributes belonging to your life. Strictly speaking, by removing your mole, it does not CHANGE those aspects/events/attributes. It just means it’s now harder for the face reader to see or read you since this piece of information is now unavailable.

What truly changes your life are your decisions, thoughts, actions and wisdom. If you knew what the mole indicates on your face, and subsequently proceed to make changes through your thoughts, action, decision and wisdom – you will change the outcome. You can shape your destiny. With or without the mole.

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You say Personology, I say…Mian Xiang…

Someone sent me an article which appeared on and which also was a highlighted video on this week, about the science of Personology aka Face Language.

Read the article here, and go here for the video entitled ‘Personality as plain as the nose on your face’.

It tickles me (no pun intended, given that the advocate of Personology is a Ms Naomi Tickle) to read these ‘wow – isn’t it just amazing’ stories about how people can discern all kinds of things from facial features and faces. And I suppose, I get a bit of a kick out of seeing something like this featured on an international news channel like CNN because if they think this is amazing or incredibly or interesting, erm, wait till they see the ‘real thing’ in action. (real thing meaning Mian Xiang).

The gist of Personology is that facial features derived through measurement metrics (they actually measure the space between your eyes and your hair thickness – that sort of thing) can tell you something about your personality. Rightly, the article on CNN by Linda Saether (the video report is done by a very experienced CNN journalist, Judy Fortin), points out that Personology can technically be linked back to Aristotle, who wrote about physiognomy, the science of discerning temperament from facial features.

But what Linda Saether and Judy Fortin probably don’t know is that in between Aristotle (384-322BC) and Personology (estimated 1920s), well, um, we Chinese got it all figured out ☺

Officially, the study of physiognomy (Mian Xiang 面相) by Chinese Metaphysicians can be traced to the Sung Dynasty (960-1279 BC). And unlike Aristotle, who explored physiognomy for the purposes of understanding character, the Chinese were interested in utilise physiognomy to understand DESTINY.

Splitting hairs? Not quite. Let’s take a minute to understand the difference here.

Character or temperament relates to traits and the manner in which you will ‘react’ in a given situation or circumstance. Character or temperament would encompass something like ‘bad tempered’ or ‘careful’. For example, in describing eyebrows, Aristotle says:

“If the space between the eye-brows be of more than ordinary distance, it shows the person to be hard-hearted, envious, close and cunning, apprehensive, greedy of novelties, of a vain fortune, addicted to cruelty more than love. But those men whose eyebrows are at a lesser distance from each other, are for the most part of a dull understanding; yet subtile enough in their dealings, and of an uncommon boldness, which is often attended with a great felicity; but that which is most commendable in them is, that they are most sure and constant in their friendship.”

Compare this to the Chinese approach to Physiognomy, which takes things one step further and looks to use the face to discern not just personality, but DESTINY. In other words, the outcome of a person’s life, as discerned from their features. By Destiny or outcome, we are looking at for example, if a person will prosper or not, if they have the capacity to become wealthy and when, will they have a favourable or unfavourable marriage, do they have the opportunity to own property in this lifetime and even, discern a person’s fertility (both male and female!).

Indeed, whilst Aristotle and Personology stops at the face, Mian Xiang goes beyond the face, to study movement (or body language as it is known in modern times). Mian Xiang also takes into account the fact that faces change and that the face can also reveal if a person is in Good Luck or Bad Luck.

Wikipedia suggests that Personology is a bit of a pseudo-science. Now I think that’s a bit unfair and seems to me to be largely premised on the viewpoint that physiognomy itself is of questionable value (well, if you learn the Aristotle variety, I would say it is perhaps not so complete…)

I prefer to think of it the West being merely behind the learning curve a bit! According to Ms Tickle, the Face Language International has identified 68 traits, based on various features of the face. At it’s bare basics level, Mian Xiang uses 100 reference points on the face as key reference features, along with 5 Officers, 12 Palaces, and that’s not even taking into consideration Dynamic Face Reading, where we combine the features together, to gain an exact picture of the person’s personality and Destiny!

100 Points of the Face

But for the sake of argument, is there any substance to Personology?

In Personology, the Roman Nose is regarded as a sign of a take-charge personality. This is also the viewpoint in Mian Xiang, although Mian Xiang goes a step further to determine that this character trait, when seen in women, usually signifies relationship or marriage problems (due to the strong character).

Personology differentiates between a wide face and a narrow face and says people with narrow faces are philosophical. In Mian Xiang, a narrow face is known as a Wood Face and is regarded as the face of a person who likes to learn. So again, Personology is not wrong, if we view it from the Mian Xiang perspective. The wide-face, according to Mian Xiang, can be further classified into Earth and Water faces. According to Personology, the wide faced person has the ability to ‘wing it’. In Mian Xiang, wide faces belong to people who are intellectually quicker, usually also wittier, and definitely better at making money. (check out your neighbourhood millionaire – chances are he’s got a wide face).

Personology looks at the set of eyes, looking at whether they are wide-set or close set. Personology says people with wide-set eyes are ‘easy going’. Well, that depends on how wide says Mian Xiang. In Mian Xiang, when the eyes are far apart, the person is usually slow and ponderous. I suppose ‘easy going’ is a diplomatic term for ‘slow’. Close-set eyes mean the person is good with details says Ms Tickle and ‘meticulous’. Well, that is generally true also in Mian Xiang but in Mian Xiang, one has to go a step further and check the TIPS of the eyes to determine if the person really has an eye for detail. And of course, the size of the eyes (length and diameter) also plays a part in determining the extent in which the person is a meticulous person.

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Putting It All Together

My earliest exposure to the field of Chinese Metaphysics came many years ago when I was in Hong Kong. I turned on the television and chanced upon a talk show, which featured a well-known Hong Kong Feng Shui master. The gentleman had been invited to the talk show to demonstrate his face-reading skills. Members of the audience were picked randomly and invited up onto the stage, where the Master would promptly read their faces, tell them about themselves, just by looking at their faces.

Face reading, aside from its obvious practical advantages it offers in business and daily dealings, is considered an important complementary discipline for Feng Shui practitioners. A handy back-up skill as it were that helps a Feng Shui consultant practice more effectively and efficiently.

Originally, Mian Xiang or Face Reading was developed for medical purposes. The famous Chinese medical text, the Yellow Emperor Classics, contains many references on how to make use of facial features to ascertain medical problems. Later on, the basic principles of Face Reading were extended beyond medical diagnosis, to support Destiny Analysis. Imperial advisors would use it often to vet candidates for Imperial positions. You see, in the olden days, a person didn’t submit his CV for an imperial position - instead he would submit his BaZi or Destiny Code.

Now, occasionally, a candidate might attempt to submit a false BaZi to improve his chances of securing a position on the Imperial payroll, which in those days, was a very desired job posting, since a person was more or less assured of what the Chinese call an ‘iron rice bowl’. So, the Imperial advisors would use Mian Xiang to confirm the BaZi, and make sure the candidate did actually have the skills he professed to have.

If you have been reading my past articles, most of you would probably be familiar with how BaZi and Feng Shui work together. As I have indicated in the past, a complete Feng Shui consultation usually involves the use of BaZi, which is a person’s Destiny Code, to determine the nature of the problem faced by the person at that particular point in time. The Feng Shui consultant then uses Feng Shui as a prescription, to help resolve or alleviate the problem, diagnosed using the help of the person’s Destiny Code.

However, there are some occasions where a person’s Destiny Code is not available or the client asks something on the spot, during the consultation, and the BaZi chart is not available. In such cases, a Feng Shui consultant who has studied face reading, can use Mian Xiang or Face Reading, as a back-up discipline to see where the client’s problems are, or what challenges he is facing at that particular point in time. This is because Mian Xiang represents what we call Later Heaven Luck - it tells us about the present, the outcome of current events as a result of the present state of mind, beliefs, character and virtues.

By examining Qi colour on the face, and the specific age point co-relating to the client’s age, and looking at the contours and features on the face at that particular age point, the consultant can get a concise snapshot of the person’s state of health or luck at that point in time. A person’s face, almost always will confirm, what is in his/her BaZi generally. So for example, if a person has a problem with holding on to money in his/her BaZi, what we call a Rob Wealth (Jie Cai) problem in BaZi consultant terminology, this will invariably show on his/her face, in the form of very thick eyebrows.

A case of Prevention is better than Cure

A good illustration of how useful Mian Xiang is, when combined with BaZi and Feng Shui is when it comes to a person’s health. I remember a client from a few years back, who had engaged me to audit his house, which was being built at the time.

The client met us at my office to show us the way to his property. When the client sat down in my office to show me the plans of the house, something on his face drew my attention: he had a distinct line crossing the lobe of both his ears (see attached diagram). In the study of Mian Xiang, this is usually one indication that the person has a risk of developing heart-related problems. I double-checked my concern by looking at his eyes. There was a distinct blue ring around the pupil of his eyes, another clear indication of heart-related problems.


Now, often, a conclusion derived from one discipline, such as Mian Xiang, will be supported and confirmed through another discipline, like Feng Shui or BaZi. So, we proceeded to the gentleman’s house.

At his house, this is what we saw.


The house was in the process of being constructed at the time but it was enough for me to ascertain where his Main Door would be located and the facing of this property. I also noticed that he had a lamp post directly in the part of his Main Door, a formation known in Feng Shui as Piercing Heart Sha. This is definitely an unfavourable formation to have at the Main Door. As you will recall, the Main Door is one of the three important factors that must always be considered when we are looking at the Feng Shui of a property. When the Main Door is affected, the Qi that enters the property is blocked or is transformed into negative or Sha Qi.

A simple check of the directions with the Luo Pan revealed that the lamp post was located in the South sector of his house. Now, the South sector of a property is governed by the Gua known as Li Gua. Li Gua, amongst other things, represents the eyes and the heart. Now, I think most people can pretty much figure out what it means if you have Piercing Heart Sha, located in the sector that is governed by the Gua that represents the heart and the eyes. Hence, it matched my initial concern from what I had seen on the client’s face, i.e. he may have a heart-related problem, especially if he were to also move into the house he was building with the environmental feature located where it was.

So what then was the outcome you might be thinking? How does the story end? Positively, I’m pleased to say! The client decided, that since he hadn’t been for a medical check up in a while, he would go for a thorough one. He also, decided to change the design of the house to move the location of the Main Door, which was not too difficult to rectify since the house had not been finished yet and he could still make changes to the design.

When I checked the gentleman’s BaZi, it revealed a clash between the Zi (Rat) and Wu (Horse), known in BaZi terminology as Shui Huo Xiang Cong or Fire and Water Clash. This is an explosive clash of the Fire and Water elements and is an indication of a heart problem also.

What the face and the BaZi reveals in this case is an area that is a cause for concern, but more importantly, action. Hence, I have always emphasised the importance of taking the right action, once you have been alerted to a potential problem.

I recently saw my client again, on a different matter, and I noticed that the lines on his earlobe had diminished significantly. He told me that since then, he has also been trying to eat better and had been exercising more, as the medical check-up revealed some problems which if he did not change his lifestyle, could lead to heart problems.


Now, it’s not absolutely essential that your Feng Shui practitioner know Mian Xiang or practice it as a complementary discipline to his Feng Shui practice, but as you can see from this little story, it is a very helpful back-up discipline to have, as it helps the Feng Shui practitioner fine-tune and focus his efforts. By combining his knowledge of BaZi with Mian Xiang, a Feng Shui practitioner can zero in on not just long-term problems, but also short-term and more immediate, pressing issues at hand, such as health concerns.

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