Metopomancy is a form of divination character analysis
based upon the reading of the wrinkle lines of an individuals
forehead. The use of the forehead wrinkles would appear to be
but another one of the many items assigned some divinatory
significance in the ancient world, and in fact it was one aspect
of the ancient art of face reading or physiognomy in China.
However, early in the sixteenth century, renowned mathematician,
physician, and astrologer Gerolomo Cardano
(15011576) proposed metopomancy as a new art. In his book,
Metoposcopia, he covered some 800 wrinkle configurations and
related each wrinkle on the forehead to a particular astrological
sign. By this method, he claimed to be able, for example, to
identify adulterous women and thieves.
Cardano divided the area of the forehead into seven positions,
each assigned to one of the then-known heavenly bodies.
Beginning at the top, the areas were assigned in order to Saturn,
Jupiter, Mars, the Sun, Venus, Mercury, and the Moon.
The assignment allows the forehead reading to be aligned with
Reading the forehead began with an assessment of the
length, depth, and prominence of the lines. Long unbroken
lines indicate an honest person while x-shaped lines indicate a
deceptive personality. A slight curve in the lines indicate a balanced
personality, while wavy lines suggest that the person likes
to travel (physically andor mentally). A diagonal line that
reaches downward to the eyebrow indicates that obstacles, possibly
misfortune, lie in the persons future.
Cardanos book was republished on several occasions, but
his ideas never caught on and he is basically remembered as an
odd figure in occult history, seemingly the victim of suicide. He
starved himself to death so as to confirm his horoscope reading.
Shaw, Eva. Divining the Future Prognostication from Astrology
to Zoomancy. New York Facts on File, 1995.