Metoposcopy - Reading Lines on the Forehead to See the Future


Since the beginning of time, human beings have been curious to know what the future held for them and their loved ones. This led to the development of various practices in which certain objects or natural phenomena would be observed for special signs which would then be interpreted as omens for the future. Many such divination methods focused on the individual and attempted to uncover his or her character as well as destiny and one of these was metaposcopy.

Metaposcopy is a form of divination which studies the lines on a person’s forehead and draws inferences about his/her personality as well as future. According to this practice, the seer makes note of various lines and wrinkles on a person’s forehead which are then used to present the major traits of his/her character as well as give an idea of what lies in wait for him/her in future.

The practice of metaposcopy was developed by the 16th century astrologer and physician Jerome Cardan. He was an Italian Renaissance mathematician, physician, astrologer and gambler. In fact his habit of compulsive gambling led him to contribute to the theory of probability in a major way, making him one of the founders in the field. As regards to metaposcopy Cardan wrote two encyclopedias of natural science which contained a wide variety of inventions, facts, superstitions and occult practices among which was included his theories on interpreting the character and destiny of person through a study of the lines on his/her forehead.

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Cardan’s work covered over eight hundred facial illustrations associated with character, temperament, destiny, and astrological signs. In fact his Metoposcopia showed the position of the planets on the wrinkles of the forehead. Each facial figure was associated with astrological signs and qualities of temperament and character. Cardano also declared that one could tell by the lines on her face which woman was an adulteress and which was pure of heart. According to Cardan’s method, long, straight furrows indicated nobility of character. He also claimed to be able to tell a generous person from a trickster by their distinct lines and observed that having three curved furrows on the forehead was an indication of a dissolute simpleton.

The 16th century Giovanni Antonio Magini also concerned himself with the practice of metaposcopy. During his lifetime he served as court astrologer to the Duke of Mantua as well as dabbled in many occult as well as divinatory practices, one of which was metaposcopy. Though most of Magini’s studies would be considered pseudo-scientific in modern times, he was quite convinced of them for instance the role of astrology in medicine as well as the validity of metaposcopy in reading a person’s character as well as destiny.

The practice of metaposcopy is thought to have originated with the ancient Chinese and even in modern times, various methods of face reading are still in use by a number of Asian cultures. From the East, the art of metaposcopy probably traveled to Europe where it was taken up by the ancient Greeks. In fact the great philosopher Aristotle was a firm believer in Metaposcopy and its power to correctly analyze the human character while Hippocrates, the highly revered scholar-physician, went so far as to think of metaposcopy as a legitimate science for diagnosing the traits of future diseases.