by Russ von Ohlhausen
Have you ever encountered someone who so uncannily resembled someone else that you’ve seen before, that as an astrologer you thought to yourself, “I wonder if those traits are influenced by their sign?” It’s long been surmised that cosmic energies effect the expression not only of a person’s personality, but also their appearance. There is a little-known, yet long history of this fascinating area of astrological theory. Astrological physiognomy is the study of the traits & characteristics of the face and body, in relation to the signs, planets, aspects and elements. What manifests in the mind, also manifests in matter.
Two decades ago, as I was beginning to take my metaphysical practices more seriously, I was motivated to take notes on some observations regarding the appearances of the individuals whose charts I was reading. I made some inquiries into this astrological connection and found to my surprise that little substantive work had been done in this area of astrological research in modern times. Most of what was available were revised looks at older works based on previously established premises with no attempts to apply modern methods of research to new studies.
“Your face is a book, where men may read strange matters.” ~William Shakespeare
The Planets Within You
As astrologers and practitioners of the meta-sciences, how many times have we heard (or we ourselves exclaimed), “As above, so below,” the summary opening truism of the Emerald Tablets. One could almost say that it has become one of the astrological communities ‘go to’ cheerleading slogans for getting the message across of the principle of correspondence between planets and people. Yet, fewer have heard or have heralded the associated axiom, “As without, so within,” also attributed to the Hermetic teachings. Regardless of the variations of these phrases, the concept of inner and outer correspondence is an ancient one.
The majority of regularly practicing horoscopic astrologers tend not to delve too much beyond the psychological realms for more corresponding evidences of astrological correlation. Whether reading an individual’s natal chart or discussing society’s current or future events, the preoccupation of the effects of the cyclical nature of human affairs dominates the field of astrology. This tendency to stay focused primarily on the human psyche has diminished the scientific attitude that once was the backbone that united astrology with the other sciences.
There are those in the field who do carry these celestial connections into the areas of medical astrology, wherein the natal and transiting energies are taken into consideration with the native’s condition of health and the body. This physiological connection could be considered a bridge between the emotional and physical well being; and we, as astrologers, can link the psyche to the body through the lens of the planets in the Zodiac.
“A physician without a knowledge of Astrology has no right to call himself a physician.” ~Hippocrates
Physiological Doctrine of Correspondence
The term for the doctrine which assigns the physical body to the Zodiac, both external form and internal organs, is called melothesis. The assignment of the body parts to the Zodiacal energies, has a well-established basis through many ages and in many high cultures across the globe. The famous images of the Zodiac Man -“homo signorum” or “melothesia”, shows the Zodiacal signs harmonizing the macro & microcosmic domains as they are assigned to the parts of the body. (See figure below.) Occasionally in some texts in antiquity, you will find these Zodiacal associations with animals as well, where the point is also being made that the human and animal realms relate. The organic material form is directly connected to the energetic field forces in which we are immersed, and also affected by the subtlest changes of the planetary bodies around us and within the field of the Earth body, in which we have been created.
Astrology in Nature
The science of astrology was once viewed as “natural philosophy”. Astrology was not distinctly separate from any of the other physical sciences. Somewhere along the way we seemed to phase out the ‘philosophy’ aspect and to all but forget the ‘nature’. What is “astrology”? What does it mean to each person who studies it, practices it, profanes or denounces it? You might think this would be a simple query easily answered but as many of us in the field of astrology know, there is no uniform or simple way to address this question. Is it art? Is it spiritual? Or do I dare say: Is it ‘science’?
Until the last few centuries astrological study was a driving force in the fields of chemistry, astronomy, and medicine, as well as the science of the conscious evolution of the individual and collective soul. It was revered as the “highest of the sciences”. Today, astrology generally is viewed through the lens of pseudoscience in the prevalent worldview. What ‘pseudoscience’ means to each person or segment of society varies a great deal. Even a large contingent of astrologers themselves do not view astrology as scientific. Regardless, there is the general assumption that “astrology isn’t scientific enough”… rather I put it this way:“science isn’t astrological enough.” Personally, I use the term “meta-science” to distinguish the higher divine sciences from the lower physical or quantum sciences. Despite who categorizes these sciences or how, in the overall amalgamation of human awareness, all is energy, all is nature.
Physiognomy: It’s in your face
The practice of physiognomy actually predates horoscopic astrology. Physiognomy, from physis meaning “nature” and gnomon meaning “interpreter” is the study and practice of determining a person’s psychological make up or personality from their outer appearance, focusing largely on the face. This area of meta-science was well established as a type of divinatory practice both in the East and the West several hundred years before natal astrology had taken hold. In fact, those who were practitioners of face-reading incorporated horoscopic practice early on, as can be seen in ancient texts in the West, some of which were translated by Rob Hand and the Arhat team.
A cautionary note when exploring the practice of face-reading: remain fully objective when observing, describing or classifying traits. There can be clear gender distinctions of many traits from sign-to-sign. There are also more prevalent general characteristics across the races. Without comparing trait themes across ethnicities or between the sexes, you can easily find yourself racially or sexually stereotyping.
I must confess, I do not regularly practice “reading the face” to determine a person’s character nor do I indulge others by playing “guess my sign” when asked. I leave the ‘art of facial reading’ to the experts. However, I do mentally categorize certain traits according to Sun/Asc/Moon, and from time-to-time I do like to keep my eye sharp by honing in on traits that may reveal the elements, signs or planetary aspects of new people I meet.
The Chinese Art of Mien Shiang
A fascinating tangent on the subject is the ancient Chinese art of Mien Shiang (pronounced myen shuang). It was observed, in what is now China, that people born during certain periods of the year, different years and within generations have shared common characteristics of visage and the related subsequent temperaments, which in turn aligned to the ‘Chinese Zodiac’. For at least 3000 years this practice, Mien Shiang (or Xiang), directly translated as ‘face reading’, has remained relatively intact but primarily was made available only to the elite.
In 221 BCE, Emperor Qin Shi Huang ordered the majority of all esoteric material to be destroyed within the empire. (He was also the emperor who had the famous terracotta army buried.) He started by taking down his own imperial portraits, so that enemies within the state would not attempt to read his face. The practice went underground and persevered as a ‘secret teaching’. Though somewhat suppressed during the height of communist fervor, face reading has made a noticeable comeback in recent years.
Although face-reading is an Eastern practice, more often business persons in the West have used the art in their negotiations to achieve a strategic advantage over their competition or in their handling of employee affairs. This practice, of course, requires a keen set of observational skills rather than being presented with a set of natal data to input and analyze. Essentially, this practice exemplifies the literal understanding that the “chart is in the face”.
In the last decade or so, a number of schools dedicated solely to the Chinese art of face reading have emerged. Just as you would study to become proficient at reading a natal chart, so too you can become equally skilled at reading the multitude of details and traits of the face to accurately tell a person’s character and their life path.
The early Taoist philosophers and practitioners understood that the face was also a microcosm of the body as a whole. That just as the body holds the organs, the face mirrors the energy of those organs, the level of vitality they express, and so too the conditions of the celestial connections to which they correspond. Each side of the face also reflects a blending of the masculine and feminine qualities of these archetypal traits. Mien Shiang is very detailed and is based on the five elementals of the Wu Xing system. This system, though different from the Western four elements system, can be transcribed to connect these two natural languages, by means of how each corresponds to the celestial sphere.
Mole and Mark Indicators
An extension of face reading, is the art of analyzing moles (or lack thereof ). Reading moles is also an ancient practice in divining a person’s character and life path. The Taoists, in their study, also went into greater detail about the connections of moles on the face and other parts of the body. The Vedic system of spiritual practice of Samudrika Lakshana also goes into great detail of the psychological associations of moles and the astrological correspondences. In the West, this tradition can be traced, having been woven through the Hermetic teachings around physiognomy, which was merged into the rising practice of natal astrology around the end of the Hellenistic period.
Whereas the Mien Shiang system can be somewhat subjective to the untrained eye, identifying moles and their relative placements is essentially straightforward. I have found this to be a useful addition to the toolkit (similar to palmistry) when combined with the natal horoscope.
One classical example of mole reading is a mole (or beauty mark) around the mouth or upper cheek, which has been long been viewed as an indicator of heightened sexuality. For reference, Marilyn Monroe, Cindy Crawford and Madonna all bare this type of beauty mark, and are recognized sex symbols around the world. This particular mark does seem to be recognized cross-culturally.
Astrologer William Lilly, in his Christian Astrology made extensive use of observations and correspondences with moles (and marks) on the body. He connected each of these to various concepts of melothesis. For example, Lilly wrote this about Aries Ascendant:
“…as if Aries be in the Ascendant, the mark, mole, or scarre is without faile in the head or face; and if few degrees of the signe ascend, the mark is in the upper part of the head; if the middle of the sign be on the cusp, the mole, mark or scar is in the middle of the face, or neer it; if the later degrees ascend, the face is blemished neer the chin, towards the neck: This I have found true in hundreds of examples.”
Granted, he saw little difference between whether these were genetic marks you were born with or if these were scars that came about during the span of life. All of these types of marks identify some aspect of life and each are connected to the energy and the effects of the planets and signs.
As I mentioned, physiognomy means ‘interpreter of or interpreting nature’. In this case, the part of nature being interpreted is you. The natural lens through which you are being interpreted is the Zodiac; the main focus being viewed is your face. Facial reading (or just physiognomy) is the practice of judging or determining an individual’s character and well-being by their countenance, whereas zodialogical physiognomy is the union of astrology with facial trait classification.
It appears from the historical record that it was a well-established independent study, practiced by the Babylonians long before the Greeks took it up. As the practice of natal astrology rose over a period of centuries in the Mediterranean, non-astrological physiognomy remained a primary method of determining a person’s health and life path. Physiognomy was utilized by astrologers as an alternative secondary method of determining character. The first mention of astrological correspondences to traits comes from a small piece of the Dead Sea Scrolls, from around 30 BCE, referencing sign-based assignments in the context of physiognomy.1
Since then, there have been numerous attempts to establish a set of rules of correspondence for astrological judgment. Many early natal astrologers were focused on sign-based systems of rules, while others only used planet-based rules, and still others emphasized the decans. Some used declination and some retrograde, to establish variations within traits. Other’s have used houses, fixed stars, planetary rulerships, ascendent rulers, dwads, and even single-degree assignments, as well as various combinations of systems to establish an order for their determinations. The point being, that just like astrology as a whole practice, there is not one set of established guidelines for accurately determining the correspondences. Yet, one thing is for certain, there is an obvious link between celestial energies and the physical attributes expressed in organic form. Despite the lack of consensus of rules, there is a remarkable consistency among the various themes in the differing systems and with the descriptors used in the determining factors of judgement, which has been observed and has persevered for centuries.
“The face is a picture of the mind with the eyes as its interpreter.” ~Marcus Tullius Cicero
God & The Devil—two sides of one face
Let me start by stating, “There are no ‘pure’ archetypes, in either physiognomy or astrology. Period!” The variables for this are simply too vast to be possible, and go beyond planets and people. What we see with our eyes, in the face, are the echos of the reverberated whispers of a wellkept secret we hid from ourselves about a cloudy thought on an ancient memory we had of a past life when we once glanced in a mirror for an instant and felt that we may have seen one angle of an expression of God looking back. The only thing we glimpse are faint facsimiles of daguerreotype images protruding through a dimensional veil of spacetime attempting to take shape and form in the world of matter, which is still striving to achieve archetypal ‘perfected-ness’. In essence, we can only guess at, let’s say, what a perfected Leo would look like in both genders and through each race & ethnicity; or what the quintessential embodiment of Jupiter would look like in human form.
Yet, despite this issue, one can still discern a Cancer Moon from a Aquarius Moon, a Taurus Rising from an Aries, or a Libra Sun from a Sagittarius. It takes time to train the eye and the mind for this level of complexity to be discerned, but with practice it can be done with varying degrees of success. One must also take into account the ability, critical eye and possible bias of the interpreter. Some people can hear three notes of a concerto and name the composer, yet many people cannot tell Mozart from Beethoven, and some cannot tell Beethoven from John Williams. Hopefully, most people can distinguish Mozart from Jazz. The same applies to determining the distinct traits and a possible astrological correspondence.
The Mirror of Heaven & Earth
In my work on the Zodiac Faces, I have chosen to focus on element, sign, and aspect based assignments for my process. I have also had good luck at determining some themes with planet-based judgements, as well. This work contains too much to cover for an article, even looking at one primary trait in each element and sign is not possible. So I will take a look at one of the easiest to determine: the element of Fire, and the Sun placement of Sagittarius. Again, I must stress that not all who have the Sun, Ascendent or a stellium in a particular element or sign will bear these traits shown, or they may not be readily observable due to some overarching planetary factor or life occurrence. The fact is that most people are naturally ordinary and most of the archetypal ‘strong traits’ are simply diffuse.
All of the elements, signs and associated planets can be assessed through a set of distinguishing traits. The strength of the energy of each sign can also further be determined by the number of bodies in the sign, how they are aspected, and by which planets. The biological influences of the Western Fire element are, in my opinion, the simplest to spot (though natives with a dominant Mars may mimic, to some degree, the element or associated sign energy).
The Element of Fire
The celebrity images shown below give a sampling of characteristics that are more often associated with Fire. These particular traits can be distinguished through the genders, whereas some traits will be stronger or weaker in accordance with sex. The Fire element in general, particularly Aries, lends itself to a more “rubicund of visage” or reddening of the skin tone. In the stronger trait natives there is usually an ‘elfeness’ to the eyebrows, being slightly raised, pointed or even “Spock-like” (Leonard Nimoy was also an Aries).
Within the element, as tradition appears to confirm, strong trait Arians tend to have more energetic emphasis in the area of the forehead. This does not necessarily entail a large forehead, merely that the area above the brow is more pronounced. In Leo, the line of the eyes more often has a cat-like predator quality (I have also noticed that within Leo there appear to be more cases of “hammerhead eyes”, such as those of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.) In both men and women the chin & jaw are usually stronger often squared. With Sagittarius there is an ‘intensity’ right down the center of the face, primarily between the eyes and with the upper lip & gum. It is my ‘favorite sign’ to highlight so I will add a little more detail to what I generally see with the Sagittarian facial archetype.
The Sagittarian archetypal or ‘primary strong’ traits are what I refer to as ‘the pinch-eye’ and ‘the horse-mouth’ (which I find quite interesting given the Centaurian nature of the sign. One can clearly see in these selected faces a common trend among these two characteristics within these Sagittarian Sun natives.
The trait that I refer to as ‘the pinch’ seems to be most prevalent, by percentage, within Sun sign Sagittarius. Though, I have been able to determine that this trait is sometimes noticeable when the Sun is in Scorpio, as well, lending credence to additional aspected energy as a possibility and possible distinction with tropical and sidereal zodiacal energies. Note: I have noticed that females tend to have this more than males, who exhibit more prominent brow trait and ears.
The most telling trait of any of the archetypal structures, is horsey mouth; I prefer to call this trait ‘Centaur Teeth’. I have also seen this appear when a dominant body or group (stellium) is in Sagittarius, particularly Mars. Joe DiMaggio was a notable Sagittarian with this trait. Though it is not always regularly pronounced among Sagittarians, it can usually be identified at some point. Some with this trait have ‘trained themselves’ to hold an expression that normally covers the space over the upper gum (this is the case with Lady Judy Dench, whom only on occasion reveals the strength of this trait in her face).
These are just two traits among several which tend to be more prominent within the sign of Sagittarius. Each sign tends to produce a number of primary & secondary characteristics. It is the combination of planetary energies along with genetic heritage which tends to influence the native’s overall appearance.
A Hierarchy of Energy
When I first began to loosely compare charts and faces, little did I know that it would become a bridge for my understanding of the astrology of nature, the mathematics & geometry of light, study of sound & vibration, quantum mechanics, and many other fields of noetic knowledge. So many varied disciplines can be or must be understood, at least on a fundamental level, in order to glimpse the bigger picture of how planetary energies flow in a biological system. It is no surprise that a proper working model for the astrological forces and their effects on people has yet to be put forth and accepted.
The process can be looked upon as a hierarchy of transceivers. This scalable order of energy & matter is what manifests our reality. From the simple quantum structure that functions by moving vibrational information in and out of multiple dimensions, which in turn ‘informs’ the formation of the atomic field to the subsequent creation of molecules, and on up the scale to the DNA “antenna” acting to create more complex and interactive “antennae” to manipulate RNA. During gestation, the creation of the spinal column and neuro-pathways replicate the “antenna”. At birth, the DNA ceases its developmental function, at that point an infant’s nervous system itself begins to function as an interactive “antenna” within the larger field.
When gauging the traits and comparing them against celestial energies, there are several general factors to consider:
DNA Foundation: It is imperative to note that genealogical, ethnic and racial DNA sequences will provide the base material foundation for the native. The family traits most likely will be obvious because this code is the core infrastructure for the planetary energies to be acted upon.
Solar Interaction: The Sun location seems to take precedence in good percentage of samplings. The traits granted by the Sun position may be subtle or in some cases become extreme and reveal the overall archetype of the position. There also seems to be variations of archetypal combinations based on when a person is born in a given period.
Rising Interaction: The Rising energy – Ascendant (time of day) also appears to be a strong influence in many instances, with considerable consistency between researchers over two millennia. Though, the limited data available regarding persons born on the same day & year, and also the necessity of having an accurate birth time, makes this category difficult to compare in research. Adequate photographic image data, combined with accurate natal data is not as readily available, with the exception of some celebrities whose natal charts are documented.
Lunar Interaction: The Moon’s influence does appear noticeably distinct in the cases where myself and others have been able to compare persons born during the same Solar periods. From my personal research, the Lunar energy does appear to be more distinguishable in females, rather than in males.
Orbital Matrix Pattern: Rather than emphasizing traditional hard or soft aspect patterns as a primary source of energetic pathways for the planets to interact, I have approached the natal charts by looking at the strengths of combinations of variables. In my studies of this area, the aspects of the chart, particularly related conjunctions, cross-aspects, and interacting stellium groupings, play a larger role than previously considered. The overall geometric pattern tends to actualize or materialize a general structure of energy which forms between the planets. I call this an ‘orbital matrix’. Much like a musical chord, a planetary chord or tone may be approximated by another set of notes in a different chord.
These are just a few factors to take into account when looking into physiognomy. When a number of these factors align, there appears to be natural tendency of a ‘morphological duplication’ of physical traits, what I call The Doppelgänger Effect.
The Doppelgänger Effect
I have spent a great deal of time classifying and categorizing prevalent trait themes among the elements (similar to Mien Shiang), by Sun, Moon & Ascendant through the signs, just as a number of astrologers have done for centuries. Though much of this research goes beyond trait assignments, by looking at aspects & patterns in the charts, I have chosen not to go into any of that here. Instead I wanted to go right to the idea of duplicate expressions within the charts overall, the part of my study I refer to as the Doppelgänger Effect. Doppelgänger is a Germanic loanword meaning “double goer” and it generally means a non-biological look-alike or ‘double’.
To better understand this through the traits and expressions, let’s look at two examples of natal chart comparisons of sign, planet and geometric matrices.
In this first example, below, we will notice these two remarkable single shot photo expressions of biologist Richard Dawkins and the actress Emma Watson. Despite the difference in gender and in nearly 50 years of age, the Aries energy signature and the general ‘orbital matrix’ (the planetary pattern & aspect configuration) is comparably geometrized. Though, Watson and Dawkins were not born in England, they are are both of English ancestry, therefore the genetic links are also present and determinable. There are several secondary aspect patterns and planetary placements that are also reflected in each chart.
No one would ever confuse actors Peter Dinklage & Hugh Laurie in person. Dinklage is 4’5” and Laurie is 6’2”. In this second example (following page) we see that the natives not only share the same Sun sign but also the same birthday. The two also reflect similar “orbital matrices” in the charts, in this case with Mars and Saturn. The morphology of these two individuals is quite striking despite the differences that arise through dwarfism in Dinklage. In fact, the characteristics associated with dwarfism actually correlate the variations of the certain traits and how they are morphed by natural processes. The associated trait similarities recognizable in both are transformed through dwarfism in Dinklage’s appearance.
Why Does Research Matter?
The most often asked question I tend to get from the average astrologer is, “Why should I care about facial traits being connected to celestial influences? It doesn’t help my clients or with my counselling skills, even if it’s true. Why bother?” Well, I have come to accept the fact that this is just how some people think: ‘If it doesn’t directly gratify me now, or I don’t make money from it, then why put energy into it.’ This seems to have become ingrained in astrology, when it comes to research. The current state of the astrological science is alive, yet, it hardly seems practical for but a few to venture into astrological research. Though, that is what any true science is about: continuing to fill in the gaps of the unknown. We categorize & divide various fields & subfields of study. Yet, the physical, conscious and spiritual sciences are fully enmeshed; it is not possible to separate them. And to that end, all scientists are our allies – whether they like it or not.
I am of the opinion that this field will require a concerted effort to advance it much further than has been surmised over the last two millennia, yet it has the potential to yield some very discernable results that could link the sciences once again. This area of study has been largely overlooked by modern astrologers and, of course, ignored by the mainstream or even the fringe scientific community. I personally think it will take biometric facial-recognition software, currently in common use, linked to individual natal data, before we can begin to properly assess all factors in this equation. And when we do this, we will ultimately prove a link between the planets & people.
Data & Rigor
The most daunting area for any field of collective research is data. It does not matter as to what area of science you are engaged, be it biological sciences, physical sciences, quantum sciences, astro-sciences, etc, data collection is the bulk of the work. The ARC-Database (Astrological Research Collaborative), an independent collective database initially supported by Alexandria i-Base, Kepler College (research arm), ISAR, Cosmic Patterns & David Cochrane, myself, and several others, was initiated a few years ago in the attempt to collect and archive all existing research data-sets, as well as establish a new repository for natal astrological research. So far this project remains paused until more energy can be put towards it but we hope that the future will support such a research based approach.
The issue of deeper research into this field is two-sided. Scientism needs to return to the realms of natural philosophy that it shunned as of the late 17th century, and furthermore take seriously the relevant questions of our physical and psychological interactions within the cosmos. Astrologers must catch up to the reality of modernity, and not merely rely on repeating and reinterpreting ancient tradition. They must also seek to understand how to re-integrate that tradition through the mathematical language of nature and quantitative research, the same manner in which scientism engages.
Fascinating! Where to start!?
One of my comrades in this niche of astrology, illustrator & astrologer William Schreib, has published two little books that are great primers for any enthusiast to begin to get a feel of what to look for in the face. His two works, Dance of the Zodiac, and Personalities of the Zodiac are two of my favorite referrals to introduce astrologers (and skeptical curiosity seekers) to this fascinating, little emphasized area of our field. William recently mailed me an advance copy of his new book Portraits of Personality: How the Cycles of Nature Shape Your Character & Appearance, the latest book to be published on this subject. It is a revised look at his works on the characterized illustrations of the traits, with detailed breakdowns of the planetary combinations and examples of the traits using celebrity images. It can be found at astro-visions.com.
Another project that will allow you to participate is Astrofaces, online at astrofaces.com, by contributing your photo and natal information. Moshe Berlin has put together a wonderful project, which also allows you use your own skill to identify for traits among multiple search criteria. Be a contributor to his research and do a little research of your own.
I will be presenting some of the extended material on Zodiac Faces: Astrological Physiognomy & Cosmological Simplex at The Kepler Conference, January 24-27, 2019 hosted by the Canaveral Research Center in Florida. If you would like to help advance the field of astrological research, I encourage you to attend. This a cutting edge intensive conference focused on solely on astrological research. Presenters will be using detailed qualitative and quantitative methods to provide the most comprehensive look at the current state to science within the astrological field.
The Unified Astrological TOE (Theory of Everything)
As dedicated astrologers, we all wish to add-to or contribute something special to astrology. Whether it’s a new approach, reviving an ancient technique, the deeper study of a recently discovered celestial body, an original interpretation of a dated astrological perspective, or by adding to the body of work that is attempting to reunite the sciences, most serious astrologers wish to impart something unique to the field. In one way or another, in small or large part, we each help to determine how astrology is being accepted now and how it will be in the future.
“Astrology…the most far-reaching intellectual human enterprise in the history of civilization….”
Astrology is the general term we give for a very broad endeavour, which actually encompasses every area of scientific and spiritual study. Ultimately, all things are one and unified. This of course includes astrology as an equivalent science to all other sciences. There are many astrologers who wish to shine a light on the biological, statistical & mathematical confirmations of the empercial nature of astrology, in order to strengthen astrology’s scientific foundations. Astrology unites the spiritual and material realms; a synthesis of all the natural fundamental cosmological forces that can be observed and understood by science. It is the ultimate puzzle; which has created us to strive to solve itself.
We are the physical manifestation of subtle points of the material conscious world brought forth through human form. This materialization of consciousness in people’s faces and bodies can be observed and classified, both a momentary expression (transits) and by the identifying traits (natal). The external appearance reveals your internal self, just as your external self is your personal revelation of the external cosmos. “As within, so without”
1. Regulus Astrology, LLC , Working Paper on Astrological Physiognomy: History and Sources, © 2010 Revised Nov, 2011
Russ von OHLHAUSEN is an ontological researcher, writer, lecturer and astrologer; his work reflects a lifetime of study of science, religions, myths, metaphysics & most importantly —nature —and what they reveal about the human story. Russ is co-founder of the Astrological Society of Austin & Co-Director of The Shift Foundation with Shannon Gill. His groundbreaking work in cosmological mechanics, and astro-mathematical research, Celestia Mathematica, is considered a foundational structural theory of astrology by many. He is also the creator of Zodiac Faces: Planetary Physiognomy and The Holy Myth: The Bible as Astrological Treatise, and the ARCDatabase Initiative (Astrological Research Collaborative). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org