My fascination with her Woolf’s work began in high school, where I was a member of The Bloomsbury Group. (In my dreams.)
So much has been written about the author of Fluff and Orlando, my high school favorites. (Did you ever wonder, “Why all the fuss over Virginia Woolf?” These aforementioned lighthearted novels remain the best way to make her acquaintance if you’re both curious and in possession of a library card.) But who has read that beautiful face?Reading Woolf’s face, I’ll use my system of Face Reading Secrets®. She would have been familiar with physiognomy, as were so many British novelists. You can learn more about my distinctly 21st century version here. The main point to know is that face data is meaningful, shaped by free will at least as much as heredity. And, in my system, every item of face data corresponds to a talent, also to a potential challenge. Experts at lit crit, I leave it to you to decide whether or not Virginia overcame those challenges.
Everyone, click on this link, courtesy of Smith College, for Woolf’s photo.
Ambitious, not just feminist
Even if Woolf hadn’t been a superb and innovative novelist, she would be revered for her leadership as a feminist. (Wait, you mean everyone isn’t a feminist? Don’t blame Virginia.) What helped her words to carry such power, other than sheer talent?
Beholdeven marvel at Virginia Woolf’s three major face lengths, known for some 5,000 years as “Priority Areas.”
- Area I goes from hairline to highest part of eyebrow.
- Area II goes from eyebrow to lowest part of nose.
- Area III goes from nose to chin.
Which length wins for Virginia? That would be Area II, by a nose!
In my system of Face Reading Secrets®, Area II symbolizes ambition. So these facial proportions suggest that Woolf was one of the most ambitious people you’ll ever meet, any place, any time. This drives her to great accomplishment.
Even if Ms. Woolf has a decent-sized room of her own, or a press, or a national following, will it ever seem large enough?
An opening book
Was life an open book for Virginia? Certainly her eyes were uncommonly open at the lower half. Notice that super-curvy shape. On a scale from 1-10, with one as straightest and ten the most curved, give the great writer a 10 ½.
This corresponds to an exceptional, even childlike, openness. This novelist learned about people the hard way, through direct experience. You’ll seldom see curvier lower eyelids, which means that you are unlikely to find any adult who let in more information. The whole body-mind-spirit was poised to gather in the truth about people. Could that have been overwhelming?
Back in high school, I thought of Virginia Woolf as a highly successful joiner. She belonged to the coolest group I ever had read about, The Bloomsbury Group. And, among all those creative geniuses, clearly she was the leader. To a nerdy New Yorker who had accumulated, perhaps, seven friends by her senior year, Virginia Woolf didn’t only seem mega-talented and famous. She was incredibly popular.
As a face reader, I was therefore shocked to discover her very out-angled ears. Notice how far they wing out from her face?
These ear angles convey independence of action, the need to do things her way, rather than following the rules. Clearly this trait helped Virginia to further her ambitions. And the group she gathered, wouldn’t they likewise be rebels!
Bloomsbury big shots did what they fancied. The challenge: Did the backlash bother her more than she let on publicly?
Here’s a mouth worth talking about. Look at the ultra, super-duper, full-moon, curvy shape of her lower lip. It could be the biggest VERY on that face full of talent. The lip curve corresponds to exceptional talent for juicy communication, fraught with emotion, bringing emotion to even the most mundane recitation of facts.
For an author, how useful is that! For her admirers, how distinctive!
But, in day-to-day life, could that intense emotionality have seemed like too much? Remember, the woman was British!
Actually, she would have seemed intense as a woman of any culture. Did her husband Leonard, or others, sometimes beg for a respite? “Virginia, can’t you just say, ‘Pass the cheese?'”
Artistic temperament sounds great, in theory. In Woolf’s body of work, it reads great. But living with that degree of talent, while so much painful “stuff” was held in her aura?
As Blog-Buddy Ryan commented yesterday, “If she had the tools available that we do today (cord removal, Emotional Freedom Techniques or other forms of energy psychology, et cetera) she probably could have removed that pain with relative ease.” Instead, she lived and died in great psychological anguish.
Tomorrow I plan to comment on a more theatrical style of anguish, Liz Taylor’s performance in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” This was requested by another highly esteemed Blog-Buddy, Colleen. But first let’s pause for some face reading comments by YOU.